Brexit Talks

 “We will not sign a blank cheque.” Support for agricultural, fishing and environmental priorities in Scotland is being put at risk due to the UK Government’s continued failure to provide certainty over the future of EU funding. The stark warning was issued by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, following a […]

Future of Crofting

  Views sought on legislative changes. A consultation on the priorities for future crofting law has been launched by Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing MSP. The public consultation seeks opinions on the form of new legislation and priorities for legislative change to ensure crofting law is fit for the 21st century. It will run for 12 […]

Avian Influenza

04/28/2017 Avian influenza prevention zone to be lifted. The avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland will be lifted on 30 April, the Scottish Government has confirmed. The zone required bird keepers in all areas of Scotland to put in place enhanced biosecurity measures prior to letting their birds outside, in order to reduce the risk […]

Croft House Grants Awarded

04/27/2017 Funding for Crofting Homes Over £948,000 has been awarded to help crofters in some of Scotland’s most rural and remote communities benefit from better housing. 29 crofters will share the funding which enables them to build or improve homes, helping to retain and attract people to rural communities. Confirming the awards, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus […]


EWING WELCOMES PROPOSED PRISON SITE MOVE Inverness and Nairn MSP, Fergus Ewing, has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) on their proposal for a new site for the Inverness prison. Mr Ewing said:  “ I have been campaigning for a new prison for some time and during the Scottish Parliament election campaign last […]


BREXIT, FOOD AND FARMING Cabinet Secretary highlights threat of leaving the European Single Market on food and farming industries Leaving the European Single Market would be disastrous for Scotland’s Farming and Food sectors, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has said today. As millions of people prepare to celebrate the Bard on January 25 by enjoying […]


NEW CONSERVATION MEASURES Fisheries Secretary announces landing controls for crab and lobster Scottish shellfish are to be given additional protection through new conservation measures announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing today. Following a consultation, the Scottish Government will introduce landing controls intended to improve the sustainability and management of Scotland’s crab and lobster fisheries. The […]


AGRICULTURE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED Roles will help develop new Strategy for the sector The Scottish Government has appointed four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector. The Agriculture Champions will help develop an Agriculture Strategy to guide the long-term sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, by increasing profitability and boosting innovation, […]


CELEBRATING FOOD AND DRINK SUCCESS New year cheer for Scotland’s Food and Drink Haggis manufacturers, bakeries and breweries are among 47 food and drink manufacturers who will be raising a glass on Hogmanay after securing funding from the Scottish Government during a landmark year for the sector. In 2016 the Scottish Government’s Food Processing Marketing […]


INVESTING IN FARMING Research helping to improve industry A new test for tickborne fever in sheep, the effect of cow health on milk nutrients and identification of potato varieties with resistance to late blight are among the research projects benefitting Scottish farming. Funded by the Scottish Government as part of a significant programme of research […]