FOR Scottish farmers, the knowledge they will be able to apply for 80 per cent of their Basic Payment Scheme cash in November may provide some confidence.
For others it will be an acknowledgement of a lack of confidence in the payment system and the Government’s ability to deliver the money after a tumultuous round of IT problems last time out.
Andrew Shirley, chief surveyor, CLA
With Parliament reconvening next week after the summer recess, the CLA is preparing a major push in the campaign for fairer laws of compulsory purchase of land and property.
We have made a series of important breakthroughs in recent years, but there is still much to do and September promises a number of political opportunities which we will use to make the case for change.
Firstly, our HS2 fight continues.
We continue to argue for an overriding ...
Who is up for butterfly and wildflower salad? Any takers?
I ask this because if Dame Helen Ghosh’s vision for the countryside becomes a reality, this is all that might be left, what with her belief any future support payments should be for the environment and not food production.
In saying future subsidy should be geared towards providing goods valued by the public she will incense many farmers who rightly believe the core of their profession, that of food production, is the very ...