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Faroe Islands’ Wild west farming

Faroe Islands’ Wild west farming

There’s an archipelago of 18 islands located between Shetland and Iceland that’s home to just 54,000 people. I visited these islands - the Faroes – a few weeks ago to learn more about its fishery and agricultural sectors. The similarities to Scotland’s islands were...

P&J column – Jane Craigie, July

P&J column – Jane Craigie, July

As I write this, I’m sitting in rural Denmark at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Congress. In many ways the Danish landscape is similar to much of Scotland; farmers are dominantly growing spring barley, oats, as well as lots of grass and...

Rebecca Dawes to join JCM as a director

Rebecca Dawes to join JCM as a director

Jane Craigie Marketing (JCM) is excited to announce that Rebecca Dawes will join the company’s founder, Jane Craigie, as a director and shareholder of the business.

Support for food production must be at core of agri policy

Support for food production must be at core of agri policy

Discussions around future agricultural policy come at a critical time, with Scottish farmers and crofters facing astronomical input costs and increasing pressure to deliver on net zero targets – all whilst grappling with a cost-of-living crisis which has turned the nation’s focus to the cost of food.

Processors call for milk price rise in supermarkets

Processors call for milk price rise in supermarkets

The ‘race to the bottom’ can’t continue for farmers and the food they produce. So, I was heartened, to see Bali Nijjar, MD of Freshways, the London-based dairy processor, calling on retailers to ‘value milk appropriately’ as he announced that the price his business will pay farmers for a litre of milk will reach 40 pence from 1 May.

Ukraine adds to commodity volatility

Ukraine adds to commodity volatility

Just when supply chains didn’t need another crisis, Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine. The human impact on Ukrainian people is almost impossible for us to comprehend, from the safety of our country and homes. Normal life, one day replaced by tragedy, fear, and loss the next.

An Army for Agriculture

An Army for Agriculture

Prior to Christmas 2021, several UK grower associations said that many of their members were not going to risk planting horticultural crops this season because they couldn’t guarantee the labour they needed to pick, pack and transport their produce. Farming and forestry businesses are also struggling to recruit and retain good, committed people, particularly in remote and rural locations.

Quelling the appetite for Veganuary

Quelling the appetite for Veganuary

January has become the month of food and drink campaigns; some are health-centric, others have an emphasis on the environment. Dry January means no alcohol; Veganuary is a switch to a vegan diet and now we have Regenuary, which has a pro-regenerative farming, pro-meat and anti-vegan mission.