Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
Would Labour be wasting its time trying to provide effective Rural Affairs opposition in Holyrood?
Will you still carry a grudge over the Referendum result if your side loses?
Will an Irish EU farm commissioner be good for Scotland?
Do you believe that being part of the EU is important to Scottish agriculture?
Will Scotland have 10+% milk producers by this time next year ?
WELL, as I heard someone say on the radio this week, what's over and done with is never really over and done with - and I guess that could certainly be said of the Independence Referendum.
BY THE time you read this article on September 19, we could well know the outcome of the closely contested referendum for independence.
I have always been a supporter of the idea of Scotland's political independence but never did I imagine that I'd get the chance to vote for it in my early thirties.
As I sat in a combine in Perthshire this week with a good friend who has contributed to this column once last back end, he remarked that it was like trying to decide what to write an essay on at university.
I have tried to maintain an impartial view of the Independence debate, but for the economics of Scottish agriculture my analysis clearly draws me towards No Thanks.
SIR, - It is always disappointing when some groups make sweeping statements about the impact of modern farming methods without checking the facts.
SIR - Too wee; No!
SIR, - in his usual excellent report, Richard Wright mentioned pressure from the new EU Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, for simpler policies that will deliver growth and jobs.
SIR, - Re your wildlife crime campaign:
SIR, - There was an ominous fog over Edinburgh during referendum day.
THESE ARE days of marking time in Brussels.
IT SEEMS bizarre writing this on a Wednesday morning, knowing that by the time it is read Scottish voters will, one way or the other, have made the biggest political decision in a generation.
POLITICS IS a murky game and that is as true in Europe as it is anywhere else.
IT IS not down to a single event - but it is difficult to escape the conclusion that cash could be scarce this winter on many farms.
WHEN THE European Commission was reforming the CAP it promised a less bureaucratic and more flexible policy.