Future Policies

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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Sheep processing, consumption and markets.

There has been many discussions regarding the Brexit and the sheep sector in Scotland, as we are reliant on the EU market and rest of the UK for a significant proportion of our lambs and ewes. In his December Farm North East Article, Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist and Policy Advisor at SRUC, details the…

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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. 2021: March 2021: Uphill battle to progress change in farm biodiversity January 2021: The Thrill of the Hill – Research and Policy (Podcast) January 2021: Supporting agriculture in Scotland post-Brexit (podcast) 2020: December 2020 Changing Climate, Changing…

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Steven Thomson, SRUC

The Brexit clock is ticking – are you ignoring the alarm?

Despite over 2 years since the invoking of Article 50 to initiate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU many businesses, including farmers, remain uncertain of what the impacts on their business would be – and as a result many have not taken any action to prepare themselves for a worse-case scenario. In an article written…

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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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