• DAIRY FARMERS must bite the bullet and demand answers from their milk buyer when the price they are paid abruptly drops.

  • THE THREE main membership organisations representing landowners and tenants in Scotland have launched an initiative designed to improve confidence in the rent review process for 1991 Act tenancies.

  • GOVERNMENT research into pesticides' impacts on bees must be transparent and free of agrochemical industry influence, or it will not win public support, a committee of MPs has warned.

  • SCOTLAND'S MONITOR Farms are having a positive impact on farm practices and performance, according to an independent evaluation.

  • A SEARCH has begun to find Scotland's Top Farm Dog, in an initiative organised by Quality Meat Scotland, supported by the Scottish SPCA.

  • FIVE YEARS after milk quotas were scrapped in Switzerland, its dairy industry is still in a state of upheaval.

  • THIS JUNE was the world's warmest since global average temperature recording began back in 1880, according to the latest figures released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • MASTERS STUDENT and Ayrshire dairy farmer's daughter Alice Wilson is undertaking research into the future of the Scottish dairy industry as part of her final year's work at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester - and is looking for farmers' help.

  • SCOTTISH GROWERS will not have a 'personalised' version of the new EU greening rules in time for next season, but will instead have to work within the 'basic' framework for at least a year until a local deal can be agreed.

  • MOVES ARE afoot to end the stigma of dyslexia in the farming community, where it may be both widespread and causing untold problems for farmers faced with ever more official paperwork to complete.

  • NEW ENTRANTS have had an extremely rough ride since the Single Farm Payment reference years were set in 2001/02 - and while the tide has turned slightly under the reformed CAP, it is still 'too little too late' for one brave young farmer who much to his disappointment has decided to disperse his much-loved pedigree and commercial Simmental herd.

  • TWO YEARS ago, beef farmers in North-east Scotland were promised a new processing facility - and the people behind the promise this week insisted that it had not been forgotten.

  • MAJOR CHANGES are on the cards for the SRUC's campus at Craibstone, Aberdeen, including sale of land for housing development.

  • A PROJECT has been launched to provide young people from rural areas with more jobs and employment opportunities as well as improving the skills of those within the local dairy sector.

  • TWO MORE milk price drops were announced this week, with both Graham's The Family Dairy and Dairy Crest joining the sector's race to the bottom.

  • COMMUNICATIONS giant Vodaphone is offering to install purpose-designed mobile signal boosting devices in rural 'not-spots' - but the 100 booster units are to be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

  • ULSTER FARM Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed the details of the province's new Young Farmers' Scheme.

  • ALYN SMITH, SNP Member of the European Parliament, has been confirmed as the only Scots representative in the latest line-up of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee.

  • FOLLOWING THE sudden death of John Broadfoot, general manager at Stirling's Caledonian Marts, the company has confirmed that senior auctioneer John Kyle has been appointed as interim general manager.

  • SCOTLAND IS set to enter the world of electronic cattle grading next month.