Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
AS EVENTS have unfolded in Ukraine, we have all been Googling to see how it went from the Crimean War, with the Charge of the Light Brigade, through years of communism to the complex country it is today.
IT WOULD be good if Scotland's last minute victory against Italy in the Six Nations rugby could be an omen for CAP reform.
THE HALLMARK of this round of CAP reform is flexibility.
THE ONLY reason drawing up a new rural development programme looks simple is because the rest of CAP reform has become so complex.
TO MIX a metaphor, it was Scotland that was largely responsible for putting the boot into what it dubbed slipper farmers.
IT IS hard to think of a food or animal disease scare that has had a positive outcome.
AS BEFITS the venue, the Oxford Conference's reputation is for stirring debate and making people think about issues beyond the practical realities of every day farming.
RUN UP to the holiday break it might be, but far from slowing down, the pace in Brussels seems to be picking up.
THE EUROPEAN Commission has to be well used by now to criticism from its auditors - not least because for 19 successive years they have refused to sign off what are effectively its annual accounts.
AS THE ink dries on the CAP reform deal finalised by the European parliament last week, the focus in member states is on implementation.