• LAND OWNERSHIP in Scotland is too concentrated, and some of the difficulties that have arisen in recent years are a direct consequence of that fact - so our landowners should not suppose that they have yet heard "the last word" on land reform in this country.

  • FORMER NFU Scotland vice president Peter Chapman will be meeting next week with Fergus Ewing, the new cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity, to demand that the Scottish Government instigate a full public inquiry into its flawed farm support computer system.

  • CARROTS being lifted from the ground.

  • A GLIMMER of hope on the milk front came this week with claims that the world dairy commodity market has gone as low as its going to go.

  • FARMERS now have an extra two weeks –until June 15, 2016 – to apply for a share of up to £45 million support for the beef sector.

  • SHEEP FARMERS from throughout Scotland and the North of England will get a first chance to see Scotland's new farming minister, Fergus Ewing, at next week's NSA Scotsheep, which is being hosted by the Campbell family of Glenrath Farms, at Blythbank, West Linton.

  • NOW that First milk’s turnaround plan appears to be on track, the co-op’s number one priority must be to offer its members a better deal on the price front.

  • FORFAR mart is very much open for business, despite rumours that it is on the verge of closure.

  • AN SRUC research scientist has won a prestigious award from the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) in recognition for a landmark paper presented at the society’s annual conference.

  • PURPLE MAGIC, a new breed of Northern Ireland potato (right) with high anthocyanin content, has reached the final of Northern Ireland’s INVENT 2016 science competition.

  • EU agri-commissioner, Phil Hogan, visited a West Lothian farm last week – and NFU Scotland did not miss the chance to chin him about the over-complications of the CAP and the ongoing efforts to simplify it.

  • JOYCE CAMPBELL, from Armadale Farm, Sutherland, winner of the first Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year Award at AgriScot 2015, has called on her counterparts throughout Scotland to enter the 2016 competition.

  • A GROUP of Dumfries and Galloway Young Farmers recently took part in the #OnTheMoove charity walk alongside the Lancashire federation of young farmers.

  • MEAT processors cannot be allowed to "act unilaterally" in the imposition of specifications and price grids on livestock producers.

  • Landowners who let land under grazing agreements must still play an active role in its use and management if they are to claim tax reliefs. 

  • SUPERMARKETS across Scotland are being urged to reposition fresh milk as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks.

  • GLYPHOSATE'S future was hanging in the balance this week, as a long-awaited EU-level discussion over whether or not the herbicide should be reauthorised for agricultural use ended in stalemate.

  • FOOD Standards Scotland has appointed Professor Norval Strachan as its first chief scientific adviser.

  • EAST LOTHIAN farmer John Meikle has pledged to tackle the 500 mile North Coast route in a tractor to raise money for RSABI’s ‘Help us help them’ campaign. 

  • MORE Scottish milk will find its way onto the shelves of the Morrisons supermarket chain from this week onwards.