Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • I've reached the ripe old age where I have the prestigious, if not dubious, honour of being the oldest member of Forfar and District JAC.

  • THIS is the kind of year that one wishes one's farm was on light free draining soil, if you are farming on the western half of Scotland at least.

  • SEVERAL decades ago a friend who farmed near Gretna and also near Duns told me that grass production was higher in the west, but however good his grain looked, it never weighed like the grain from his farm in Berwickshire.

  • FOR THE consumer, dairy products are a daily part of life.

  • 'YOU don't worry about global warming when your clothes are on fire.'

Letters

Letters

  • Sir, - In your regular feature 'From the people who know', Jim Brown (The SF, August 22), states that "it is total rubbish" that consumers do not want GM food with the justification that "they are already eating it and they simply do not know" - immediately begging-the-question "Would they eat it if they knew?"

  • Sir, - How right it is for Duncan Bryden, convener of the Cairngorms National Park, to say people should take more to do with what's happening in their localities.

  • Sir, - May I, through the medium of The Scottish Farmer, convey a few words to those unable to hear what was said at the Clyde and Central 40th anniversary field day?

  • SIR, - NFU Scotland's call to have a separate Bill to deal with proposed changes to Agricultural Holdings legislation, rather than changes being incorporated into the Land Reform Bill which also deals with fundamental changes to Scottish Property law, is a sensible one which several other organisations and individuals have made in the past but has not been taken on board by the legislators.

  • SIR, - As a regular reader of The Scottish Farmer, I notice there has been very little discussion recently about the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, though its impact on Scottish rural life and enterprise could be very large.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • A NUMBER of organisations, including NFU Scotland, have questioned whether the Scottish government was right to go it alone with a unilateral ban on growing genetically modified crops.

  • WHEN DAIRY issues dominate the national news it is hard to get away from writing about them.

  • THIS HAS been a week when agriculture has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

  • THE TRADITIONAL August break has begun in Brussels, but with markets in disarray and farmers taking to the streets to protest, farm commissioner Phil Hogan may not have much of a break.

  • DEEP down, we mostly have a secret envy of the French.

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