Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
AS THE ink dries on the CAP reform deal finalised by the European parliament last week, the focus in member states is on implementation.
BIG NUMBERS are always impressive.
WHEN THEY look at the English plans for implementing CAP reform, most farmers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be relieved that devolution exists.
IN POLITICS, administrations often seem to be either gearing up after an election, or closing down in preparation for the next one.
THE EUROPEAN Commission can be relentless when it does not get its own way - and this week we have seen two good examples where it has refused to be thwarted over policies it believes are right.
THE BATTLE over the allocation of CAP funds and how the policy will be implemented in the UK regions is now under way.
FOUR MONTHS after it should have happened, CAP reform has finally been agreed.
I AM never sure about the value of statistics.
FARM MINISTERS have been meeting for their informal farm council under the EU's Lithuanian presidency.
AMIDST GREENING, capping and the other controversial parts of CAP reform, not a lot is being said about a big win in the June deal for the farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos.