Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • Like Private Fraser's 'auld empty barn', it was a wild and lonely place.

  • Having put off writing this for some time now, I've landed myself with it during the busiest week of the year for me so far, with various other work and Young Farmer things going on...it's like a reminder of when I was at university.

  • LET US deal with some of the good news first.

  • IN 2008 the jet stream got stuck over the Scottish Borders.

  • I WAS going to say that if you want to guarantee that you're going to upset a fair proportion of your readership there's one thing to talk about in this column - but over the years, I've learnt that there's actually quite a few things you can say to upset at least some of the readers.

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, - Having grown up in Eskdalemuir in the early 1960s it was with interest that I read your article 'Trees beat sheep', on page 5, April 5 issue.

  • SIR, - There has been a lot of interest in the report Confor commissioned into forestry in Eskdalemuir and the report focuses on economic and employment impacts.

  • Sir - The excellent letter from a group of Mull and Argyll farmers sets out very clearly the benefits to wildlife, access, tourism and the environment which hill farming can deliver.

  • SIR, - The EU is indeed the crucial issue for farmers in this Independence debate (The SF Editorial March 22), which is precisely why we should be digging deeper to make sure that we understand the various threats to it.

  • SIR, - Re the CAP reforms and the proposed 'Irish Tunnel'.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • ONE OF the final obstacles on the road to CAP reform fell away this week when the European parliament's agriculture committee agreed a series of amendments to the implementing rules.

  • WHEN A politician or bureaucrat uses percentages, a red warning light should flash above their head.

  • DEMOCRACY MIGHT have many flaws - but as yet no better system has been invented to give people some control over decisions that affect their lives.

  • GRAIN MARKETS have steadied after the spike in futures markets because of the crisis in Ukraine.

  • AS EVENTS have unfolded in Ukraine, we have all been Googling to see how it went from the Crimean War, with the Charge of the Light Brigade, through years of communism to the complex country it is today.

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