Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
ONE OF the final obstacles on the road to CAP reform fell away this week when the European parliament's agriculture committee agreed a series of amendments to the implementing rules.
WHEN A politician or bureaucrat uses percentages, a red warning light should flash above their head.
DEMOCRACY MIGHT have many flaws - but as yet no better system has been invented to give people some control over decisions that affect their lives.
GRAIN MARKETS have steadied after the spike in futures markets because of the crisis in Ukraine.
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.