All credit to the young farmer movement for putting on a splendid finale to their Covid-19-stricken 2020s and 2021s with their five-star awards dinner in the new members’ pavilion of the Royal Highland Showground on the weekends. last end.
What a testament to the lasting enthusiasm of the SAYFC organization, everywhere from Shetland to Stranraer represented. It was a night when even some of the “old folks” came out of hibernation to celebrate the success of some of the winners.
As the future of our industry, there is every reason to nurture their interest and enjoyment in what they do, but in recent years the YF has used the vehicle of its Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to strengthen its political power and its ambition.
Full steam ahead for them … and for the new Members’ Pavilion that they helped to baptize. The catering was top notch, the location superb and the only problem RHASS will have is realizing that it is already too small!
Many of you will have noticed that The Scottish Farmer’s price has gone up this week. But, like many businesses – agricultural and otherwise – we have been subjected to unprecedented increases in input costs.
Just like agriculture, which has seen at least a tripling of fertilizer bills and much higher feed prices, we have also seen massive increases in our consumables, like paper, which has increased by 20% in recent months. This week’s hedging price hike only partially mitigates this increase in costs for us. We will continue to invest and absorb the rest.
As Editor-in-Chief, I would also like to stress that delivering the quality and unbiased journalism for which we are known takes a down-to-earth… in the markets, exhibitions and in the fields. We have no intention of hesitating to maintain this by cutting costs and will therefore continue to invest time, effort and expense to ensure that The Scottish Farmer that passes through your mailbox is collected at local retailer or delivered straight to your digital inbox, is relevant, informative, and up-to-date. Our editorial mission is to continue without fear or favor in providing high quality, unbiased journalism to you, our valued readers and clients.
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Our commitment to you remains that we will strive to continue to keep you, our valued readers, up to date with what is happening on a daily, weekly and long-term basis. We will, as usual, lead the way in “what’s going on”; “Why it happened”; and ‘what it means’ for the industry, not just in Scotland, but on a larger stage in the UK and EU, both from our well-established office team and our growing team of columnists and specialists.