Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
FOR AN industry reliant on long term decision making, 10 years is not a long time.
IN AN era of UK devolution, the minister at Defra is less important than when all policy was set by London.
When it comes to agricultural products every boom has in it the seeds of a slump.
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams is a famous poster of disillusioned movie stars in a late night Hollywood diner - and for many that must be how the first session of the new European parliament this week in Strasbourg felt.
THE BATTLE over who will be the next European Commission president is an interesting one.
WE ALL accused the farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, of dragging his feet over CAP reform.
WHAT MAKES agricultural markets different is that they are global, but at the same time what happens is the product of hundreds of thousands of individual decisions by farm businesses.
IN THE UK, the European election is now over - but if you are reading this on Saturday, voting is about to take place in most EU member states, where Sunday voting is the norm.
PROGRESS IN in the air this week, and time will tell whether it yields dividends.
INFORMAL FARM councils are always relaxed events, particularly when European elections mean there is no real work to be done, and they are the last hurrah for a departing commissioner.