Future Policies

Agricultural policy – evolution or revolution?

In this Farm North East article, Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist and Policy Advisor at SRUC,  discusses agricultural policy changes in Scotland and gives opinion on what he sees as ‘policy revolution’ in England and ‘policy evolution’ in Scotland To read and download the full article please follow the link below. For any comments, questions…

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Farmer Responses to Brexit: Attitudes towards Risk in Scottish Farming – Briefing Note

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union presents multiple uncertainties for farm management planning. Encouraging growth within the agricultural economy requires some acceptance of risk within farming decision making.  This briefing note outlines the results of a survey of 2,494 farmers, crofters and smallholders, run during the summer of 2018, on their approaches towards farming…

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Farmer Responses to Brexit An examination of different outlooks to Brexit – Briefing Note 4

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union presents multiple uncertainties for farm management planning. The consequences of the EU’s withdrawal on Scottish agriculture have been explored in terms of various scenarios towards future trading relationships. This briefing provides a complement to understand the type of farmer responses towards a set of Brexit related questions about…

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The times they are a-changing

“It is vital that our future farming leaders fully understand the policy environment in which they operate – meaning agricultural, trade and environmental policy – all intrinsically linked.  Why is it so important? Because, as Dylan sang – ‘the times they are a-changing’.” Read more from Steven Thomson at SRUC on the impacts of recent…

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A group of beef cows and calves standing in a grassland field

What’s the beef?

At this unprecedented time, the long term impacts of COVID-19 on society and the economy are unknown,  and is expected to put an enormous squeeze on the public purse-strings, and the Government’s priorities for supporting other sectors may eventually divert monies from agriculture. There are undeniable, and significant, long-term changes coming to UK and Scottish…

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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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