• SIR, - As you are likely already aware, Commissioner Phil Hogan has highlighted simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy and the reduction of red tape for farmers as key priorities for 2015.

  • SIR - Gordon Rennie (Letters, Feb 14), makes an important case for breeding blight resistance in potatoes and cites the ongoing trials of the GM Desiree potato variety.

  • SIR, - The MAGNA CARTA was composed by the landed barons, in short order, in a field at Runnymede, to tell the man in charge (King John) how their affairs should be legislated in government.

  • SIR, - Maybe some supermarkets could make it a selling point that they pay a fair price to dairy farmers, unlike others they could name.

  • SIR, - I would suggest bluntly to Commissioner Hogan that if there is no crisis in dairying he gets himself 200-250 acres, a dairy herd and a substantial loan.

  • SIR, - Regarding the article on halal slaughter last week in The SF, I think it's disgusting that we still don't pre-stun all animals prior to slaughter.

  • SIR, - Red meat producers will probably have noted with some wry amusement that the orthodox demonising of their products by nutritionists for more than 30 years has now been found to not be based on sound science, but a presumption that cholesterol levels in the diet automatically caused comparable levels in the blood and thus caused circulatory problems including heart attacks.

  • SIR, - After such a thrilling NFUS AGM, probably the tensest meeting I've ever experienced, but I thought it was so healthy and refreshing for the union to have so many candidates for the three posts available.

  • Sir, - Be warned of the latest trial for the hard working farmer as experienced by myself.

  • Sir, - As a farmer and member of the Scottish Society for Crop Research, I read with concern the letter from Denise Walton urging the SNP Government to maintain its ban on the growing of GM plants.