Latest articles from Brian Henderson

PREMIUM Cost of AIS collapse continues to grow

While it’s been the subject of considerable speculation since May when the news broke of the collapse of the grain merchant Alexander Inglis and Son, the release last week of the administrator’s preliminary report finally put some hard figures on the scale of the losses faced by Scottish farmers.

Potato producers get 'little or no benefit' from AHDB

WITH THE levy-payer vote on the continued role of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board now confirmed to take place in both the potato and horticultural sectors, growers have been urged to ‘make their vote count’.

Potato growers table a ballot for change in AHDB

JUST 24 hours after the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board released a consultation on its new five-year strategy, a second sector request was lodged for a producer ballot on its continued operation and levy gathering powers.

Looking for a steer on policy direction...

As I was drilling some wheat last week, I listened in to a video conference via the mobile phone on the launch of a new report commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

PREMIUM Playing the odds in the harvest stakes

WELL, WHEN the combine’s yield metre started hitting over 18 tonnes to the hectare in one of our fields of wheat, unlike some grain-growing pundits, I found myself Googling the calibration procedure for the unit rather than the Guinness Book of World Records.

Gene editing – we need informed debate

Well, with the main part of harvest just ready for kick-off across most of Scotland, it’s typical of the weather not to play ball just yet – so it looks like there’s a fair bit of contrast between ourselves and some of the main grain growing areas south of the Border.