Posts Categorized: Agriculture

Farmland prices in Scotland remain steady

Farmland prices in Scotland remained steady for the second half of 2013, matching reported prices for the same period in 2012, according to the latest RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey. During the second half of last year, the average cost of farmland continued at £3,750 per acre across Scotland, consistent with 2012. The cost of… Read more »

Survey to map Scotland’s tenant farming sector

Surveys are being sent to every tenant farmer in Scotland as part of a major piece of research that the Government says will influence the future of Scottish farming. Responses to the questionnaire will inform the work of the Ministerial-led Agricultural Holdings Legislation review, which is considering, among other issues, absolute right to buy for… 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 »

Progress towards Agricultural Holdings Review

It is good to hear that the Scottish Government is moving forward on its Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation, with the news of six appointments to the expert group that will advise the review. The review – led by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead – aims to determine what policy and legislative changes may be… Read more »

Rise in farm payment euro rate

The exchange rate to be used for the 2013 Single Farm Payment Scheme has gone up. The rate has been set at of €1 = £0.83605 by the European Central Bank, a rise of almost 5% compared to last year. The decision affects about 16,000 Scottish famers who receive their Single Farm Payments (SFP) in… Read more »