Future Policies

Steven Thomson, SRUC

They’ve only gone and done it! Lord Bew and Boris Johnson – 2 unlikely bedfellows for Scottish agriculture.

For a number of years now the Scottish Government, the Scottish farming industry and the Scottish Parliament have all been calling for a re-think on how the UK Government allocated the extra CAP money the EU awarded us for the 2014-2020 period.  After years of toing and froing between Holyrood and Westminster the UK Government…

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Innovation in Upland Livestock Systems – Policy

Professor Davy McCracken writes on the Policy focused work emerging from the SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre. 2019: August 2019 – Experts help steer direction of rural polices July 2019 – Public attitudes to the environment, agriculture and rural development June 2019 – Net-zero target for emissions poses challenge January 2019 – Issues affecting…

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Steven Thomson, SRUC

Business Links with Farming in the North-East. Farming Connections – why worry?

Whether Brexit occurs or not, agricultural policy in the UK and Scotland is going through another evolution. We are all familiar with the discussions around the public benefits that agriculture  produces for the country and how these things are increasingly reaching the minds of policy makers. However, the champion role farming plays in the wider…

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Anna Sellers, SRUC

EU CAP Reform and Mercosur trade deal – Policy Brief, Agribusiness News

In the July 2019 issue of Agribusiness News (from the Farm Advisory Service) Anna Sellars (SAC Consultant) has written a policy brief depicting the new CAP and Mercosur trade deal. The new CAP is currently being prepared and consulted on by EU member states, due to implemented from the 1st January 2021. Whilst, should the…

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Highland Farming

Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice – Land Use Conference

Scotland’s Biennial Land Use and Environment Conference XII was hosted at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh from the 28th – 29th November 2018, entitled Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice. The conference sought to help inform and shape the debate about how best to reward farmers, foresters and other land managers…

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Steven Thomson, SRUC

Future Farm Support – What are the priorities?

On the back of Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs suggestion at the Scottish Conservative Party conference that the UK Government may wish to start spending money on devolved matters – including agriculture – in the future, Steven Thomson (Senior Agricultural Economist & Policy Advisor, SRUC) discusses what this…

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Julian Bell, SRUC

Brexit Delay Implications – Agribusiness News

The May 2019 issue of Agribusiness News (from the Farm Advisory Service) included an article on the implications of brexit delays, written by SAC Consultant Julian Bell. On the one hand, the delay gives the UK longer for UK agriculture to adapt to whatever changes may occur in trading relationships with the EU and third…

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Steven Thomson, SRUC

Keeping the Cost of food and drink in check will be the UK Government’s number one priority as a no deal Brexit kicks in

In an article first published in Farm North East (Issue 92) in April 2019, Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist & Policy Advisor (SRUC), discusses insights into the UK Government’s thinking around food and farming that emerged before MPs were to vote on “No Deal” on the 13th March. Steven summaries the announced UK tariffs for…

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Steven Thomson, SRUC

Deal, No Deal, Remain – what’s best for food and farming?

First published in Farm North East Issue No 91. January 2019, Steven Thomson (Senior Agricultural Economist & Policy Advisor) gave his perspective on three main options facing the UK for brexit, and the consequences of each on the food and farming industry in Scotland. Steven concludes that the hardest outcome to consider is “No Deal”,…

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