• WHAT HAS become of the much-vaunted Pack report on the bureaucracy and red tape afflicting Scottish agriculture?

  • IN A pre-Christmas spree, rural affairs Cab Sec Richard Lochhead has made positive moves on three key issues affecting Scottish farmers.

  • GREENING MEASURES introduced by the reformed Common Agricultural Policy will come into force on January 1 next year - and farmers could get a nasty surprise if they do not check how the rules apply to them beforehand.

  • TENANTS FROM all seven Forestry Commission Scotland starter farms came together last week for a forum to share their experiences.

  • PRESSURE GROUP Farmers For Action have won a battle in the milk price war by forcing discount retailer Iceland to change its pricing policy.

  • DEMAND IS still strong for dairy farms - despite the recent furore over the drop in milk prices.

  • AUSTRIA'S RURAL Development Programme has been formally accepted by the European Commission - and is very much focussed on encouraging climate friendly farming.

  • FINNISH DAIRY farmers are set to be given more than €10 million of aid to compensate for the losses suffered during the Russian ban on imports from the EU.

  • SCOTTISH SHEEP produced enough wool this year to make each person in the country four Christmas jumpers.

  • EUROPEAN MOVES to scrap a wide range of agri-chemicals deemed as hazardous to human and animal health could cost UK farming somewhere between £905 million and £3billion in lost production.

  • NOTHING SHORT of a complete legal overhaul of the UK's grocery supply chain will curb supermarket abuse of power - but so far the Groceries Code Adjudicator has failed to demonstrate that it is up to the job.

  • A PROVISIONAL agreement has been struck between the European Parliament and the European Council which ensures there will be no cuts in EU farm spending next year.

  • BEEF PRODUCERS have been reminded they have just a few days to register calves born under the previous CAP regime if payments are desired.

  • FARM SAFETY is a major issue all year round, but with weather warnings kicking in, and the days almost as dark as they are going to get, Scotland's farmers were this week urged to be even more careful.

  • AFTER A gruelling 2500 km ice-journey, the Antarctica2 expedition team arrived with its Massey Ferguson 5610 tractor at the South Pole this week, all reportedly safe, well and in high spirits.

  • SWEEPING CHANGES to current legistation must be introduced to ensure that transport of livestock across Scotland keeps rolling.

  • CHRISTMAS CHEER will be in short supply for Scotland's dairy farmers as the deluge of milk swamping the market continues to send prices tumbling.

  • IN A statement that UK dairy farmers may find surprising, the EU Commission this week stressed the positive outlook for the European dairy sector - and said that milk would remain "white gold" for the next decade.

  • SCOTGOV'S NEW rural support payments computer system will be launched soon - but farmers and crofters can get a preview of what to expect via a specially created demonstration video website.

  • A TRIP to Brussels by NFUS officials has discovered that Scotland is not the only nation in Europe toiling with implementing the new CAP arrangements.