• A NUMBER of organisations, including NFU Scotland, have questioned whether the Scottish government was right to go it alone with a unilateral ban on growing genetically modified crops.

  • WHEN DAIRY issues dominate the national news it is hard to get away from writing about them.

  • THIS HAS been a week when agriculture has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

  • THE TRADITIONAL August break has begun in Brussels, but with markets in disarray and farmers taking to the streets to protest, farm commissioner Phil Hogan may not have much of a break.

  • DEEP down, we mostly have a secret envy of the French.

  • WHATEVER WAY you look at things, the financial fortunes of farming are not good.

  • As financial events have unfolded in Greece we have focussed on them to the exclusion of something potentially more serious going on in one of the most important countries for global agriculture.

  • THE European Commission and its and member states - whether they are part of the 19 in the eurozone on not - are now in uncharted waters.

  • IN THE week that it is, it is difficult to write about anything to do with Europe without mentioning events in Greece and the eurozone.

  • ANYONE WHO met the EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, during his visit to Scotland is likely to have been impressed.