Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • THE Wye Plantation is best known today as the gracious mansion on Chesapeake Bay where US presidents enjoy informal meetings with foreign heads of state.

  • ASSUMING THAT all the New Year resolutions haven't yet been broken and abandoned for another 11½ months, it might not be too late to try to get a sneaky peek at what the coming year might hold for us.

  • IT IS clear that farming today is increasingly affected by events well beyond the control of individuals, either farmers, our representatives or politicians, and it seems that as I get older farming is getting much more complicated than the profession I grew up with.

  • IT SEEMS an age ago when I agreed to write this article back at our agri affairs meeting in October - little did I know that I was signing up to have it in the last Scottish Farmer of 2014!

  • The last two Sundays in November were glorious.

Letters

Letters

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • ANY DECISION on genetically modified crops is always controversial.

  • IT WAS no surprise that an Irish farm commissioner would choose a conference in Dublin to come out fighting for farmers - but if he turns what he said into action, Phil Hogan will go down as a politician that understands farmers.

  • IT IS one of the harsh realities of life that it seems an increasingly short time from writing what a New Year will bring, until it is round again - this time last year all the talk was of the detail of CAP reform.

  • AS A year, 2014 will be remembered by farmers for both good and bad - the weather was kind, but it brought a big reversal in financial fortunes, underlining that volatility is a problem the industry will have to tackle if it is to move out of boom and bust cycles.

  • THIS IS the season when we should be banishing pessimism.

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