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  • SCOTTISH FARMERS will share in more than £12million worth of rebated CAP cash from the European Commission, it emerged this week.

  • SCOTLAND'S NEW First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made radical land reform one of the centrepieces of her first policy speech, promising to scrap rates exemptions on shooting estates, and take action against landowners who, either by sheer scale or bad conduct, stand in the way of sustainable development.

  • REDUCED consumption combined with increased supplies have seen average potato prices some £60-£70 per tonne lower than 2012 values for the past two years - but the Potato Council aims to spend its way out of this rut, increasing levy rates to allow for further investment in its Sutton Bridge research centre and new promotional projects.

  • STUNG BY criticism of land agents involved in the tenant farming sector, leading land agency firms in Scotland this week issued a declaration of their commitment to best practice.

  • THERE IS a "lack of progress" in settling some long running rental disputes in the Land Court, despite the consensus amongst industry bodies that rents should be kept at sensible levels pending legislative change.

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