Younger members of the Angus branch of NFU Scotland met last week with local politicians.
Mike Weir MP, Graham Dey MSP, and Nigel Don MSP met to discuss current issues at the NFUS office in Forfar, alongside local Group Secretaries Jeremy Parker and Robert Beaty was NFUS Vice President John Picken, who farms near St Andrews.
A range of topics were discussed including the challenges facing new entrants, bureaucracy, tenancies and the availability of land, water abstraction licenses, and the impact of the proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy on the Angus rural economy.
There was also concern at current Scottish Government forestry policy which in East Scotland could see the displacement of food production from good quality land, also disadvantaging our world class drinks industry that relies on a limited arable acreage in Scotland. Ways in which farming and forestry may better co-exist were discussed; a subject of particular interest to Mr Dey as a member of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
Jeremy Parker said: “It has been a valuable meeting in highlighting current concerns in Angus from the perspective of our younger members.”