On Friday 31 March, the UK government announced it had reached an agreement to join the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership). The CPTPP is the first major trade agreement since Brexit – so what will be the impact of the CPTPP on UK farming? What is the CPTPP? The CPTPP is a Free Trade […]
Agricultural price inflation continues to sit at historically high levels with the key inputs maintaining a higher rate of inflation than outputs. This will put pressure on farm incomes and impact farm cropping and stocking decisions throughout 2023 and beyond.
A recent report from the OECD suggests that super-bug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to limit drug-resistant super bugs. Health officials in England launched a campaign to try to prevent people from asking for the drugs when they do not need them. […]
Teresa May has set out the UK governments approach and aims in its negotiations to leave the European Union, causing immediate concern among Britain’s farmers. After signalling a clear intention to leave the single market, real questions remain on how UK trade will operate post Brexit, particularly on the issue of tariffs and how WTO […]
This week has been World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which aims to highlight the growing public health issue of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Recently released data shows that sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK are at a four-year low. This puts the UK on track to meet it’s targets to tackle antibiotic resistance, […]
The USDA have produced proposals to lift a 25 year ban on the import of UK sheep meat products into the US market. This follows the lifting of a similar ban for Irish lamb and sheep meat products in 2015. The US has already opened up its market to UK sheep genetics, and UK breeders […]
In a shock referendum result the UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, leading to a period of increased political and economic uncertainty. The aftermath of the vote which saw the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, has also exposed renewed tensions within the UK, with majority votes to remain within […]
The UK will hold a referendum on its membership of the EU on the 23rd June. If the UK votes to leave the EU and ‘Brexit’ occurs, the implications for UK agriculture and its supply industries will be profound. Since joining the ‘Common Market’ a significant two-way trading relationship has developed between the UK and […]
The Presentation on “Scottish Agriculture and the TTIP” given on the 07/01/2016 is now available for download here.
If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the EU come to a successful conclusion then they could have a profound impact on cross Atlantic trade; and the future direction of Scottish and UK Agriculture. The talks which are aiming to make trade easier between the EU and the US have […]