Category Archives: Farming

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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Royal Highland Show 2014

Agricultural and rural businesses from across Scotland have once again congregated at Ingliston for this year’s Royal Highland Show. The annual event is a showcase for Scotland’s diverse rural economy with exhibitors representing industries as diverse as farming, food and drink, clothing, … Continue reading

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NFUS Branch launches political focus group

I was recently in Castle Douglas for the inaugural meeting of the NFUS Dumfries & Galloway Branch’s Political Focus Group. The group has been established to create a forum where farmers from the different sectors represented across the region can … Continue reading

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Go Rural seek views on Agritourism

Scottish Agritourism initiative, Go Rural, is encouraging businesses to take part in a survey to help grow the sector in Scotland. Go Rural is an initiative that provides marketing support to range of businesses that hope to attract visitors out … Continue reading

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Climate Justice Conference held

Earlier this month I attended an international conference in Edinburgh to discuss progress on the climate justice agenda. The event, organised by the Scottish Government, brought together delegates from around the world representing a range of sectors and interests to … Continue reading

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MSPs debate Common Agricultural Policy

Last week MSPs debated the reform of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP provides funding support through two categories, known as pillars, one providing direct support to farmers and the second to support wider rural development programmes. The process … Continue reading

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Committee visit to Glenlivet Estate

In the final week of the Parliament’s summer recess, I joined members of the Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on a visit to the Glenlivet Estate. The Estate is one of a number of Crown Estate assets … Continue reading

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Unite Strategy for Rural Scotland

Earlier this week I attended a very interesting discussion on a future strategy for rural Scotland hosted by Unite the Union. The event focused on some key areas such as housing, transport, land reform and employment where the experience of … Continue reading

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Food for Life

Earlier this month Parliament was visited by a catering team from East Ayrshire Council as part of the Soil Association’s Food for Life initiative. Food for Life works with caterers, producers and consumers to promote healthy and sustainable food choices. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Scotland’s relationship with Malawi

In the build up to the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone next year, the Parliament this week debated the special relationship between Scotland and Malawi. The link between the two countries dates back to Dr Livingstone’s journey to … Continue reading

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