Posts Tagged: Agricultural Lawyers Scotland

CAP ‘Scottish clause’ solution sought

European action is urgently needed to solve the problem of farm payments being made on land where no agricultural activity takes place, according to Scotland’s Rural Affairs Minister Richard Lochhead. Scotland secured a clause in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aimed at ensuring payments can only be made to active farmers. However, the European… Read more »

Land tenancy draft order published

Draft legislation aimed at correcting a legal issue in land tenancy law has been published by the Scottish Government. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 had to be amended, because one subsection breached the rights of landlords under the European Convention on Human Rights. This related to… Read more »

Farmland prices more than treble within nine years

Farmland prices hit yet another record high during the first half of 2013 and have now more than trebled in less than a decade, according to the RICS Rural Land Market Survey H1 2013. During the first six months of the year, the cost of farmland jumped to £7,440 per acre across the UK, hitting… Read more »

Agriculture red tape to be removed

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has called for views on how the government can make regulation less burdensome for businesses and others in agriculture, animal health and welfare, plant health and forestry. This is the latest group of regulations to be reviewed under the government’s Red Tape Challenge, which was launched in April 2011 to… Read more »

Double boost for Scottish farmers

New farmers in Scotland have been handed a double boost with the news of additional funding and the creation of a starter unit. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced the news during the QMS speech at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston. A further £5.9 million is going towards 74 projects across Scotland. It is… Read more »