• 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.

  • WELL I'VE no doubt that if you were:

  • Back in the early summer when Richard Lochhead announced his headline decisions for the implementation of the new CAP arrangements, it was clear much work was still to be done.

  • AFTER DOING a good job of avoiding it, I have finally been cornered to contribute to the opinion column.

  • USUALLY, October is the beginning of winter in this part of the world, but this year has been different, with no real winter conditions until November and, even now, grass is still growing in abundance, which means that the sheep are sure enjoying a great back-end bite.

  • BRIAN Pack's report 'Doing Better' initiative to reduce red tape for farmers and rural land managers, is a weighty document.