Rural and Environment

  • Rural Scotland and the Programme for Government

    12th September 2019 by

    Rural Scotland makes a vital contribution to our national economy. Our rural and island assets provide natural and business resources for key economic sectors, especially food and drink, but also energy, tourism, creative industries and life science. I am clear that we must work to build on these successes to improve the wellbeing of our rural, coastal and island communities and provide a positive future for them. Having declared a global climate emergency, achieving our climate ambitions will involve harnessing the power and capital of rural Scotland. This is a challenge, but also an opportunity for us to help people…

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  • In the News: £160 million returned to Scotland

    5th September 2019 by

    You will have seen in the news that in yesterday’s Spending Round statement at Westminster, that the Chancellor finally confirmed that the UK Government would right a historic injustice around EU farm payments. In 2013, the EU announced moves to pay Common Agricultural Policy payments more fairly, on the basis of average Euros per hectare. The UK received what was known as a convergence uplift only because of Scotland.

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  • Bew review results delayed

    30th August 2019 by

    Commenting on the apparent delay to the publication of Lord Bew’s recommendations into intra-governmental Common Agricultural Policy funding allocations, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s farmers deserve to know the outcome of Lord Bew’s review. The recommendations should not be left to gather dust on a shelf in Whitehall while farmers face the most challenging environment for a generation as a result of an impending no deal Brexit.

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  • In the news: Scottish Agriculture

    31st July 2019 by

    The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee has published a report into the future of Scottish agriculture, which is running widely in the media today. The Committee argues that Brexit presents an opportunity to address failings in the agriculture funding formula, which has led to Scottish farms and crofts receiving low levels of funding.

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  • Challenging advice for fishermen expected

    28th June 2019 by

    Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing comments on the joint recommendations for landing obligations which will come into effect in 2020. Mr Ewing said: Fishermen across the country will be aware of the imminent publication of advice which could have a major bearing on what species they can catch, and in what quantities in the coming year....

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  • This week: 19/04/19

    18th April 2019 by

    Food Waste Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the launch of Zero Waste Scotland’s Food Waste campaign. Watch our advert on food waste Animal licensing Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon welcomed the consultation analysis responses on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland. Read more about...

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 8

    7th March 2019 by

    As we continue to celebrate women in the rural economy, Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation blogs about her experience and career to date. As I approach my first anniversary in the salmon farming industry, I am struck by how different my initial expectations were compared to the reality of the exciting and diverse industry I now know.

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 6

    6th March 2019 by

    As we continue to look at the diverse and important role women play in the rural economy, Katen Betts, CEO of the Scottish Whisky Association gives us an insight into the whisky industry. Greek philosophy tells us 'the only thing that is constant is change’. This of course is as true for Scotland’s national drink as anything else, as the industry navigates its way through the changing tastes of consumers, innovation in production, and the changing shape of our global competitors, not least American, Irish and Japanese whiskies.

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  • Environmental Strategy analysis published

    16th February 2019 by

    By Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham In the Programme for Government, we committed to developing an Environment Strategy to help protect and enhance Scotland’s natural environment and continue our leading role in tackling global environmental challenges. I set out our plans for developing the Strategy in a discussion paper, published last summer. Thisoutlined a draft vision and...

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  • Weekly round-up: 11/01/19

    11th January 2019 by

    Addressing animal welfare issues this week at Parliament, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon announced that CCTV will now become a legal requirement in slaughterhouses across Scotland. Read more           Hill farmers and crofters in Scotland’s most remote areas will continue to receive assistance under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)...

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