Fu­ture agri pol­icy for Scot­land to be de­ter­mined at NFUS road­shows

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

As Scot­tish agri­cul­ture looks to adapt to an un­pre­dictable fu­ture, NFU Scot­land has or­gan­ised a 13-date se­ries of mem­ber meet­ings around Scot­land to seek views on what a new agri­cul­tural pol­icy for Scot­land should in­clude.

The“Fu­ture Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy for Scot­land” road­shows kick off in Cas­tle Dou­glas on Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 7, and take in meet­ings in Lauder, Perth, Ayr, Kirk­wall, Ler­wick, Stepps, Camp­bel­town, Oban, Sleat,Thurso, Ding­wall and In­verurie.

They will fo­cus on en­gag­ing with mem­bers as the Union builds on its Steps to Change – A New Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy for Scot­land doc­u­ment launched in late March.

There will be a mem­ber of the pol­icy team, re­gional team and pres­i­den­tial team at each of the meet­ings.

Scot­land’s agri­cul­ture pol­icy land­scape is shift­ing and ma­jor in­flu­ences such as the UK Gov­ern­ment’s Agri­cul­ture Bill and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Sta­bil­ity and Sim­plic­ity pro­pos­als could have sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions for ev­ery farm and croft in Scot­land.

NFU Scot­land is de­ter­mined to en­sure Scot­land’s fu­ture agri­cul­tural pol­icy de­liv­ers a prof­itable and sus­tain­able fu­ture for all agri­cul­tural busi­nesses.To do that, in­put from mem­bers is needed. Of­fi­cials need to know what their pri­or­i­ties are and what mea­sures will best en­able them to achieve them.

The meet­ing in Cas­tle Dou­glas takes place at Th­reaveVisi­tor Cen­tre, start­ing at 7pm.

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