May 6, 2020

Legislation which allows the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be simplified and improved post-Brexit passed Stage 1 this week, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill creates powers to enable Scottish Ministers to ensure CAP schemes can continue beyond this year and also modify...

July 2, 2019

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has written to UK Secretary of State Michael Gove MP to express his disappointment over the lack of co-operation in a review of how £190 million of EU Convergence Payments to farmers was allocated back in 2013. The UK Tory Government received these monies to pass on to Scottish farmers, to bring their per...

June 18, 2019

Kenneth was delighted to organise and chair a public meeting on Monday 17 June in Whiting Bay Village Hall with his friend and colleague Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy.

The purpose of the meeting was primarily to discuss the future of farming on Arran and Scotland amidst challenging circumstances, particularly with Brexit l...

May 15, 2019

Scotland’s thriving food and drink sector has been put at risk by the looming threat of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, which would see crippling tariffs placed on our exports to the European Union (EU).

Working within the European Union’s (EU) policy and trading framework for over 40 years, farming and processing industries have structured themselves regard...

March 20, 2019

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Payments worth more than a third of a billion pounds will continue, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has announced.

In the coming months, eligible farmers, crofters and land managers will receive their 2018 Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 entitlement, with around 78% of eligible claimants having alread...

March 8, 2019

On Thursday in the Chamber, Kenneth voiced his concern about the impact that that could have on exporters and on livestock farmers in particular who, according to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, could face European Union tariffs of 70 per cent on beef and 45 per cent on lamb post-Brexit.

He asked the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fe...

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