• FARMING FAMILIES are being recruited across the UK and Ireland to take part in a new TV show.

  • THE RSABI Great Glen Challenge is returning for 2015 and there is space for 25 teams to take part in the one day race.

  • AS PART of the International Year of the Soil 2015, the James Hutton Institute is again joining forces with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs - and enlisting new partner Soil Association Scotland - in a quest to find the Best Soil in Show at this year's Royal Highland.

  • SCOTTISH PEOPLE are being encouraged to make the most of fresh and in-season local food with the launch of the Scottish Government's Food Provenance 'Happier Mealtimes' campaign.

  • RURAL CRIME in Scotland is fast becoming a free-for-all, with no area immune to the problem, costing those who live and work in the countryside almost £2million a year - and the bill could go higher.

  • LAND EXPERTS have given their account of the market last year and their predictions for 2015 - and reckon Scottish farmland will still be attractive to buyers down south keen to up their acreage.

  • SCOTTISH ARABLE farmers concerned about over-regulation of their industry have been given a stark insight into the strict regulatory processes that farmers have to endure in Denmark.

  • A FATHER and son from Northern Ireland have been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges.

  • TWO NORTHERN Irish farmers seeking to replace lost acres of conacre land got embroiled in a bidding war at a land rental auction last week, sending prices rocketing to £340 per acre.

  • SALES OF organic products increased by 4% over 2014 - but the area of organic land has reduced in Scotland.

  • IT IS important for Scottish soft fruit growers to prepare in advance for the control measures demanded by the imminent appearance of Spotted Wing Drosophila.

  • FOOD PRODUCED and reared on British farms will meet only half of the country's demand in 25 years time.

  • PESTICIDE MANUFACTURERS have welcomed UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss' support for a "science-based and proportionate" approach to EU pesticide regulation.

  • SCOTLAND'S TENANT farmers are concerned that landowners will try to take "evasive action" right up until the Scottish Government gets a full time tenant farming commissioner in place.

  • SCOTTISH SURVEYORS have cast doubt over the agricultural holdings legislation review and land reform proposals, warning that they will have unintended detrimental consequences.

  • IN AN extraordinary move to purge the Scottish countryside of illegal poisons and pesticides, a new scheme has been launched offering anyone holding stock of such substances the chance of free, safe and anonymous disposal.

  • THE THEFT of 32 chainsaws and trailer from the Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfries at the weekend looks like an example of pre-meditated and well-organised rural theft.

  • PRESSURE WAS mounting on the board regarding the future of Stirling-based Cally Marts as The Scottish Farmer went to press on Wednesday.

  • Additional MEASURES and testing proceedures will be in place to prevent any malpractice on milking animals at next weekend's Borderway UK Dairy Expo, which has attracted in excess of 400 entries.

  • A NEW system to make it easier for farmers to register wide and abnormal loads comes into force next week.