Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • I CAN only guess it's a bit like getting a wee tax rebate or chancing upon some loose change in one of the recesses of the pick-up when you need to pay for parking - you know it's not going to be the makings of a fortune but small things are sometimes enough to brighten what might otherwise have been a glum day.

  • WHAT a roller coaster ride farming has become, or was it always like this?

  • MANY OF you who sit down to read this will be thinking the editor has failed in his job, but YOLO is a slang phrase used by the youth of today, generally following a daft act (of which there are too many to mention).

  • GRASS is Scotland's largest crop, but causes all farmers a most stressful period, especially those of us who are grassland fanatics.

  • WELL, I guess I've really drawn the short straw this week…

Letters

Letters

  • SIR, - In response to Dr Keith Dawson's letter of the July 5 stating that global temperatures had plateaued and that the planet has warmed in the past, I would just like to say that in the last 150 years we as industrialised human beings have probably added to that warming (increased CO2 concentrations are a greenhouse gas) and are perhaps preventing it from cooling more in the last few decades within its natural warming and cooling cycles.

  • SIR, - Last week's front page 'Farming re-think has to happen' - why?

  • SIR, - You may recall back in March at the NFUS big rural debate, both Nicola Sturgeon and Richard Lochhead agreed that in the event of a Yes vote this coming September, the Scottish Government would guarantee to underwrite any SFP to Scotland's farmers in the intervening period of becoming independent to establishing full membership as an independent country in the EU.

  • SIR, - In reply to Mr Scott's letter in last week's The Scottish Farmer, I would like to answer some of his queries as I was, indeed, one of the people on the Yes stand at the Highland Show.

  • SIR, - during the questions session on his genetics lecture, a professor was asked why when both parents were fit athletes they were more likely to bear twins.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • IN AN era of UK devolution, the minister at Defra is less important than when all policy was set by London.

  • When it comes to agricultural products every boom has in it the seeds of a slump.

  • The Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a famous poster of disillusioned movie stars in a late night Hollywood diner - and for many that must be how the first session of the new European parliament this week in Strasbourg felt.

  • THE BATTLE over who will be the next European Commission president is an interesting one.

  • WE ALL accused the farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, of dragging his feet over CAP reform.

Farmer Right-hand Column