RURAL SCOTLAND'S poverty gap is getting wider, and while some businesses are visibly doing very well, other farming families are all but "on the breadline" according to Scotland's rural charity, RSABI.
APPLICATIONS ARE now open for the 2015 Moredun Foundation Scholarship, offering an opportunity for individuals to pursue a short term project to broaden their education in areas relating to livestock health and welfare.
THIRTY YEARS on from the introduction of generous grants to help fence crofts in the Western Isles, it is now estimated that a huge amount of replacement work requires to be undertaken - at a time when the grants available are much reduced, and the agricultural department has stopped processing any applications while it awaits the go-ahead from Brussels.
Robbie Lennox, a well-known sheep farmer, councillor, company director and long-serving Church of Scotland elder whose fund-raising skills helped to save one of Scotland's most famous 'wedding churches' on the Banks of Loch Lomond, has died, aged 90.
George LACKIE Skea, who was a familiar figure in the diverse fields of farming, Scottish Country Dancing, funeral undertaking and buying and breeding Clydesdale horses, has died peacefully at his home in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, aged 94.