• WITH UK grain prices at a six-year low and direct support payments to arable producers being cut by typically 20-30% under CAP reform, many farm businesses have been taking a long hard look at what they grow and why they grow it.

  • FARMING AND contractor partnership, Magnus and Alistair Sinclair, from Fiddesbeg Farm, Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, have long been involved in recycling farm waste to land.

  • FARMERS LOOKING for a crop to grow on flood-prone land that can improve soil health without the need to apply additional fertiliser may soon have the answer.

  • SCOTLAND'S anaerobic digestion industry - which turns rotting food and farm waste into electricity - has mushroomed by more than two thirds in a year, new figures show.

  • RESEARCHERS IN Kansas have warned that several of the plants now being grown as biofuel crops can be as invasive as the worst weeds, spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems.

  • PLANT PRODUCTION is blooming at new, purpose built nursery facilities heated with the help of a wood chip boiler.

  • LIVESTOCK WAS always the focus at Middleton Farm, Largs, where Andy McIntyre and his partner kept a herd of 11 pure Charolais cattle and a flock of more than 500 Blackface ewes.

  • FIVE NEW varieties of forage maize for anaerobic digestion have been added to the British Society of Plant Breeder's 2016 Forage Maize Descriptive Lists.

  • CELTIC RENEWABLES has won a competition run by the Department for Transport, earning an £11m grant to help it build the world's first plant dedicated to the production of advanced biofuel from the residues of the whisky industry.

  • TWO SCOTTISH companies have announced a partnership to specialise in biomass for energy production in the industrial market.