Category Archives: Farming

Common Agricultural Policy

The delivery of the Common Agriculture Policy payments has been one of the SNP Government’s biggest debacles. As a representative of many farmers across rural South Scotland, I thought it was very important to speak in the recent debate on … Continue reading

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Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight 2016

We are in the midst of the annual celebration of Scotland’s larder – our Food and Drink fortnight, 3-18th September. This year the celebration is highlighting the hard work of fishermen and farmers in Scotland, whose efforts underpin the brilliant … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Breakfast

        As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’.  However ironically the people that we depend on the most to provide us with … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs committee to quiz Ministers on Land Reform in Dumfries

  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and his deputy Dr Aileen Mcleod will be quizzed by members of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee on Monday (2nd November) when they will be holding a special session of … Continue reading

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Holyrood’s Apple Day 2015

Holyrood’s Apple Day has been a calendar highlight for four years now, and the event this week was no different. I was delighted to be asked to co-sponsor the event, and there was excellent attendance of school children, MSPs, and apple … Continue reading

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Wonderful visit to Whitmuir Organic Farm

Sarah Boyack MSP and I were welcomed to Whitmuir Organic Farm by Pete Richie and Heather Anderson. We spent a few really informative hours visiting the farm and shop as well as having a delicious lunch in the café. The … Continue reading

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The Royal Highland Show 2015

The Royal Highland Show is a showcase of Scottish farming, food and countryside. It is always a wonderful occasion, and I have been lucky enough to visit it as an MSP for a number of years, along with hundreds of … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament debates support for Palestinian independence

Last week the Scottish Parliament debated a two state solution for the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I extend my thanks to Sandra White MSP for bringing this important debate to the Chamber, and was grateful for the opportunity to speak in … Continue reading

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