Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • SOME days we think that spring is just around the corner with temperatures into double figures, but no sooner have we enjoyed the thought of green grass and we are back to zero with some snow and ice.

  • Some years ago, on cattle business, I visited The Oklahoma Panhandle.

  • WELL, I guess hearty congratulations have to go to the new top team at NFU Scotland, voted in at one of the few agms in recent years where the field seems to have been almost wide open right up until the final votes were counted.

  • DRIVING to work on Monday morning I happened to be listening to BBC Radio Scotland.

  • Young Farmers' events never disappoint.

Letters

Letters

  • 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.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • WE ARE now, for the first time in the UK, living in an era where the inflation rate is zero.

  • IT WAS back in 1979 that John McEnroe became the bad boy of tennis with his famous 'you cannot be serious' comment to an umpire.

  • IT IS a big challenge to believe the European Commission when it announces a decision it says is based on science.

  • GOOD NEWS has been scarce in the dairy industry for a long time, but the Fonterra auction this week in New Zealand will have produced a global and collective sign of relief from dairy farmers.

  • IT IS a familiar claim from children that punishment is not fair - and many in Scotland will have said that when it was hit with disallowances for problems with CAP implementation.

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