• NHS HIGHLAND is wanting more farmers to sign up to its 'social farming' programme, and provide a therapeutic environment for those suffering from mental ill-health, adults and children with learning disabilities and people living with autism.

  • Sir, - Many times it has been reported in The SF the dismal weather the islands and in the West of Scotland have suffered, and how poor the crop we are going to harvest this year is to feed our livestock.

  • FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon and CabSec Richard Lochhead donned their wellies on Wednesday to visit Hamish Dykes' sheep farm at South Slipperfield, West Linton, and hear straight from farmers' mouths about the crisis gripping the industry.

  • THERE WAS a chink of light on the milk price front this week, as Arla Foods amba announced that it was holding its price for September.

  • SCOTLAND'S HARVEST is heading for major problems if the desperate weather doesn't take a turn for the better soon.

  • UPDATED GUIDANCE on how to conduct farm rent reviews has been issued in the joint name of the three organisations most concerned with the thorny issue - NFU Scotland, Scottish Land Estates and the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association.

  • FARMERS WANTING to help out in the community, and earn an extra income doing so, should consider becoming a retained firefighter.

  • SRUC'S HIGHER education strategy under outgoing chairman Lord Lindsay has been a failure, it was claimed this week, as a national league table of agricultural learning institutions put the former Scottish Agricultural College second last.

  • CHARITY BUMS when two of the small crowd of horse enthusiasts who keep their horses at the Carruth family’s Lawmarnock Farm, Kilbarchan, were diagnosed with cancer, the rest of the team thought they would do something about it to raise funds for the cancer charity, the Beatson Cancer Charity.

  • FIRST MILK has announced that from September 1, 2015, the milk price will reduce by 0.2ppl for its balancing milk pools and by 0.3ppl for its manufacturing milk pools.

  • WHILE harvest is still to really get going in Scotland, news from further south is of record yields and big tonnages for winter wheat and winter oilseed rape.

  • A RARE opportunity has opened up on Islay, where a 15-year limited duration tenancy on a productive mixed unit has been put up for tender.

  • FARM EDUCATION charity the Royal Highland Education Trust has been given a £500 donation by the Suffolk Sheep Society.

  • SAAVA, THE membership organisation for professional advisors to farmers, landowners and rural businesses, has made a 12-page submission focusing on the agricultural holdings provisions of the Land Reform Bill.

  • CALEDONIAN MARTS Ltd, the livestock auctioneering firm born earlier this year when the previous incumbent of the Millhall (Stirling) and Oban markets was bought out of administration, has announced new personnel to take the business forward.

  • EU FARM Commissioner Phil Hogan is still reluctant to admit there is a crisis in the agricultural sector.

  • SCOTGOV CAN'T fix the international markets or the weather - but it could make like easier for Scottish farmers by stripping the 'goldplating' off its CAP greening rules.

  • FARMERS FOR Action in Northern Ireland staged a protest at Belfast's European Commission office this week, and presented a letter to the head official demanding immediate action over the agricultural price crisis.

  • GERMANY, THE European Union's most powerful member state, has followed Scotland's lead by banning the growing of Genetically Modified crops on its land.

  • WITHIN HOURS of going into liquidation, the livestock auction business of Cumberland and Dumfries-shire Farmers Marts, operators of Longtown and Dumfries marts, was saved from going under by a dramatic change of ownership - for an undisclosed sum.