Supporting Farmers in Scotland Since 1893
WHEN IT comes to decision making, it is often difficult to follow the logic of the European Commission.
IT WOULD be an understatement to say things are not good in agriculture at the moment, and this is the case across the EU.
IF HIS performance as commissioner is as impressive as his appearance before the agriculture committee of the European parliament, Phil Hogan will be a popular choice for the job.
IT SEEMS an unlikely statement - but when it comes to implementing CAP reform, the government at Westminster seems to have a more farmer-friendly approach than the devolved regions.
THESE ARE days of marking time in Brussels.
IT SEEMS bizarre writing this on a Wednesday morning, knowing that by the time it is read Scottish voters will, one way or the other, have made the biggest political decision in a generation.
POLITICS IS a murky game and that is as true in Europe as it is anywhere else.
IT IS not down to a single event - but it is difficult to escape the conclusion that cash could be scarce this winter on many farms.
WHEN THE European Commission was reforming the CAP it promised a less bureaucratic and more flexible policy.
POLITICIANS ARE often judged by how they respond in a crisis - and as he battles to secure a second term as farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos has been handed a huge economic and political crisis, in the shape of the Russian ban on food imports.