Future Policies

Highland Farming

Scottish Beef Finishing – Cattle Network Briefing Note 1

This briefing note focuses on cattle “finishing” times within Scotland’s beef sector. Using the British Cattle Movement Service’s (BCMS) Cattle Tracing System (CTS) data accessed through Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in collaboration with EPIC the authors  have extracted data from all animals that were born in Scotland on 2013 that were destined for…

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Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources: Current policies and post-Brexit options – Policy Brief

There are currently a range of high-level policies and interventions which aim to mitigate and adapt to long term consequences of environmental change. One aspect of mitigation and adaptation is access to and promotion of genetic diversity within agricultural crops and farmed livestock. Access to genetic resources, and more specifically, databases around genetic potential for…

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Farmer Intentions Survey: Regional Dimensions to Change – Briefing Note 3

The UK’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union presents uncertainties regarding future agricultural support. This briefing note outlines the results of a survey of 2,494 farmers, crofters and smallholders, run during the summer of 2018, on differences between three geographical regions of Scotland: Southern Scotland; Eastern Scotland and the Highlands and Islands. Findings reveal that…

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Farmer Responses to Brexit: Intentions to deliver more “public goods for public money” – Briefing Note 2

The UK’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union presents uncertainties and opportunities regarding future agricultural support and increased emphasis on “public money for public goods”. This briefing note, written by colleagues at SRUC and the James Hutton Institute,  outlines the results of a 2018 survey of 2,494 farmers, crofters and smallholders on their intentions to…

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Farmer Responses to Brexit: Adoption of Risk Management Behaviours – Briefing Note 1

The UKs proposed withdrawal from the European Union presents multiple uncertainties for farm management planning. However, as farmers have to deal with nature and fluctuating input and output prices, a number of tools and practices are available to help producers manage short term production and market uncertainties. This Briefing Note, written by colleagues at SRUC…

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Seasonal Migrant Workers in Scottish Agriculture: an update

Steven Thomson and Dr Rob Mc Morran have revisited some of the businesses contacted in 2017 for the “Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture: Studies in the International Seasonal Migrant Labour Market” project, to produce a short briefing providing updates on seasonal migrant issues in Scottish agriculture. Seasonal Migrant workers are critical to the success of…

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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. 2020: March 2020 – Future funding system requires urgent reforms January 2020 – Helping Upland Enterprises to Reach Potential 2019: October 2019 – Key to tackling rural conflict is understanding  August 2019 – Experts help steer direction…

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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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