From Monday the 9 th of August most remaining restrictions will be lifted in Scotland including limits on number of people who can meet up and social distancing rules in most settings. Please note a number of mitigations will remain in place including;
Following widespread concern from the Scottish seed sector about the implementation of OECD seed scheme rules, AIC Scotland, Scottish Seed committee members and AIC Seed sector Head Catherine Barrett have been successful in working with SASA and Scottish Government to find a solution for the printing of OECD labels. Agreed changes will enable Scottish members to compete on a level playing field with counterparts in other parts of the UK whilst remaining compliant with OECD seed scheme rules and regulations.
Following the results of the recent targeted dinner survey, and discussions with AIC Scotland committee members, a decision has been taken to cancel the AIC Scotland Dinner scheduled for the 25th of November 2021. Please find attached a letter from AIC Scotland Chairperson Robin Barron setting out the reasons for this decision.
This week, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have confirmed that they will become the sole competent authority on 1 April 2021. Feed businesses are reminded that FSS should be the first point of contact for all animal feed related matters ( [email protected] ) from this date.
Call for industry partners – Barley related projects | James Brosnan (CEO of the Scotch Whisky Research Institute) recently announced a BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership initiative which will provide funding for PhD students working on International Barley Hub or other barley related projects.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have published updated guidance aimed at livestock farmers entitled "On-farm Incidents - How to protect your livestock and Scotland's Food Chain". The leaflet is available to download here and includes information and guidance relating to lead poisoning, copper poisoning in sheep and correct use of veterinary medicines.
Dear AIC Scotland Member | It’s another dreich day in lock-down but I always love the start of the 6 Nations (hope springs eternal for this Scotland fan) - even more so this year when very little else is going on.
Please find attached the AIC Scotland manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in May of this year. The purpose of this document is to highlight the many and varied issues of strategic importance to our members and the wider agricultural industry.
Robin Barron has been elected as chairman of Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Scotland, succeeding Stephen Kenyon who has served since April 2017. Sarah Bell of Cefetra was elected as vice-chair.
The Scottish Government have set up a farmer-led arable policy group under the chairmanship of Andrew Moir. Andrew has been in contact with me to encourage AIC Scotland members to feed-in ideas on how we support Scottish arable farmers going forward.
In order to help member businesses prepare for the end of the transition period on the 31 st of December AIC Scotland are providing links to a number of resources which provide access to continually updated guidance as we near the end of the year, this includes information on ‘no deal’ requirements. Please use the links below to access these resources.