• 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.

  • In common with many I have agonised over how I should vote in the referendum.

  • BACK IN 2000 this column predicted greater volatility in our industry, but I must admit, at the time, I never envisaged such vast swings in so many of our products leaving our farms.

  • We were born in Scotland, we brought our children up here, we run a family farming business in this beautiful and prosperous country - we are Scottish through and through and will firmly be voting 'No'.

  • Ever since the SNP announced the date for the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum the decision on what way to vote has played back and forth in my mind.

  • As a late convert to the idea of devolution when that referendum took place in 1997, I feel that my decision to support the proposal has definitely been the correct one.

  • As a young woman growing up in farming, I cannot understand why farmers would vote 'No' in the upcoming referendum.

  • THE REFERENDUM on September 18 is not an election, it is not about throwing out an unpopular Government, it is a vote to break up 300 years of working together as one of the most successful family of nations the world has seen.

  • LOOKING TOWARDS the Independence Referendum, I would ask farmers to examine closely what it means for their business and their rural community.