• QUALITY MEAT Scotland is in good shape to deliver strongly on behalf of levy payers, despite a reduction in its levy income, according to the organisation's chief executive, Uel Morton.

  • AN ANGUS tyre company has been fined for serious safety failings after a worker was crushed when a tractor wheel fell on him.

  • A FARMER had a sawn off shotgun pointed at his neck after a massive cannabis factory was secretly set up in a shed on his land, Dundee Sheriff Court heard this week.

  • A NEW website with a wealth of careers resources for young people seeking employment in the land industries has been launched by training body LANTRA.

  • ROSEMOUNT FARM, the flagship agricultural operation run by the Co-operative Group at the Blairgowrie Estate is now at the centre of a community buyout proposal.

  • AN INDEPENDENT land adjudicator should be at the core of a prescription of measures to restore health to Scotland's farm tenancy sector, according to NFU Scotland.

  • RURAL ESTATE owners invest an average of £69,000 per year on their tenanted farms and crofts, according to new research undertaken by Scotland's Rural College.

  • HAVING A 'golden ticket' to entitlement for 2013 will be the key to accessing subsidy payments from the new CAP.

  • SCOTLAND'S SHEEP farmers and industry leaders are furious over government officials carrying out sheep inspections at the height of the lambing season.

  • FARMERS IN Strathspey are working with conservationists after young sea eagles moved onto their land.

  • SCOTLAND'S UPLANDS could be regenerated with woodlands which would actually boost food production - but the process will take time, so the decision to do it must be taken now.

  • EXHIBITOR SPACE is quickly being filled at Scotland's first national event celebrating the country's food and drink.

  • EFFORTS TO relax the sheep electronic tagging regime have been thwarted in the European Parliament, to the immense frustration of Scots campaigners.

  • IT MIGHT seem blindingly obvious to anyone who regularly eats out of late night takeaway shops, but now genetic tests by the Food Standards Agency have confirmed it - it isn't always lamb that gets served up in lamb kebabs and curries.

  • A NATIONAL conference to discuss the issues and challenges around managing the UK's uplands will take place next month at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria.

  • DRONE TECHNOLOGY may have been created by the military, but Swiss manufacturer senseFly reckons it can be put to more peaceful use as a soil and crop monitoring tool for farmers.

  • SCOTLAND'S NEW 'woodlot licence' programme is now underway, with new licence holder Mark Rowe planting the first tree under the new tenure model on the Corsewall Estate.

  • A NEW drive to promote deer farming in Scotland got off to a flying start this week, as no less than 80 interested farmers turned up at the first of a series of Deer Farm Demonstration Project open days.

  • AHEAD OF the end of the milk quote regime the European Commission has launched a new service to make the industry more transparent.

  • EUROPE HAS voted to phase in the use of electronic cattle identification.