Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
THERE HAS been a widespread welcome for the plans from the farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, to simplify parts of the CAP and return some decision making to member estates.
IN A world of volatile prices and plunging farm incomes, good news is rare - but moves to simplify some aspects of the CAP are positive.
A REPORT by a Dutch MEP for the European Parliament's agricultural committee effectively says the EU must make up its mind on whether or not it wants to see innovation in agriculture.
GET READY for a new abbreviation to add to the many already in use when it comes to European agricultural support policies.
AGRICULTURE IS still struggling with the detail of the recently reformed CAP, but in Brussels thoughts are turning to the next reform, which has to be in place by 2020.
SCOTLAND has been well used to disappointments this week.
WITH the launch of the for and against campaigns on EU membership the prospect of a British exit from the EU seems all the more real.
FARMING IS increasingly at the centre of international politics - and while that might push it up the agenda, it does not deliver a coherent strategy for the way forward.
THE EU farm commissioner has been 'defending' his package of support measures to the European parliament.
MUCH HAS been written this week about the new Labour leader at Westminster, Jeremy Corbyn, appointing an anti-farming vegan to be the shadow minister at Defra.