Category Archives: Agriculture

NFUS launch survey to hear from women in agriculture

The National Farmers Union Scotland has kicked off the new year with a fresh look at how to encourage female engagement in the union. While agriculture has traditionally been a male dominated industry, there are currently 25 women contributing to … Continue reading

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Open Farm Sunday

On Saturday morning I am visiting Overton Farm to support ‘Farm Sunday’. Over 1000 farms across the UK are opening their gates to the public at the weekend and Overton Farm, Crossford is one of them.  This is an opportunity … Continue reading

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The farming community deserves better

This week I joined farmers across the country to rally outside the Scottish Parliament, protesting the Scottish Government’s disastrous handling of the farming industry. Hundreds of farmers and crofters gathered to highlight the importance of farming on Scotland’s rural economy … Continue reading

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NFUS Forth and Clyde meeting

I recently met with NFUS members in Forth and Clyde to discuss the ongoing difficulties with the Single Farm Payment delays. At the meeting, a number of different farmers from the local area and two suppliers from Ross of Lanark … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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Land Reform – Committee Report

The Scottish Government’s Land Reform Bill requires strengthening in key areas to deliver on its radical ambitions, according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE). It is thus very  disappointing that the … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour will stand for environmental justice

My colleague Sarah Boyack MSP,  Scottish Labour Spokesperson on Environmental Justice, wrote this excellent article for Labour Hame on the Scottish Labour position on environmental issues. As our party and new leadership teams meet in Perth for conference, we can expect … 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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