Nancy Nicolson, The Courier

Nancy Nicolson

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Past articles by Nancy:

Callout: Our new documentary celebrates Tayside’s mountain rescue heroes

The thrills of summiting a Munro, mountain biking on remote tracks and skiing off piste are converting ever increasing numbers of us into outdoor addicts. → Read More

Devastating impact of Royal Highland Show cancellation laid bare in RHASS annual accounts

Drastic measures to stem the losses incurred by the cancellation of the flagship Royal Highland Show appear to have stabilised the finances of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). → Read More

Green light for £35m flagship barley hub

Agricultural science projects worth £62million are finally under way at Invergowrie's James Hutton Institute (JHI) after the green light on finance was given by the Tay Cities Deal committee. → Read More

Wide machinery dispensation reminder

As sowing and other spring work beckons, farmers are being urged to apply to Police Scotland for wide vehicle dispensation movements as soon as possible. → Read More

Unions call for access to gene editing

Farmers' unions in Scotland and England say the agriculture industry should have access to gene editing (GE) techniques to protect crops and animals and help deliver on net zero targets. → Read More

Access to gene editing 'a priority' for Scottish agriculture, says supply industry

Leaders of Scotland’s agricultural supply industry have called on rural stakeholders to unite to put pressure on the Scottish Government to change its stance on gene editing. → Read More

App delivers vet updates from the field

A new mobile app has been designed to allow beef farmers to update their vets with livestock health information direct from the field. → Read More

Trade deal option to break deadlock

A controversial Scotland-specific trade arrangement with the EU is being considered as a way of kick-starting the export of seed tatties to Europe. → Read More

Scientists propose updated approach to identifying plant traits

Scottish scientists claim a new genomic approach is needed to protect plant breeders’ rights and improve farmers’ knowledge of precisely what’s going into their fields. → Read More

Farm apprentice grant scheme worth £5000

Farmers and crofters who are considering taking on an employee in the next few weeks are being urged to apply for an Apprenticeship Employer Grant (AEG). → Read More

NFUS urges investment to promote green recovery

Scottish farming leaders say the agricultural industry is in “pole position” to lead the country's economic recovery – but it needs to be pump primed with incentives and financial support. → Read More

Report: Post-Brexit trade should not undermine UK standards

There will be no backsliding on the UK’s high standards of food production and animal welfare in post-Brexit trade deals if the government follows new guidelines set out by the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) → Read More

Pig producers sacrifice prices to clear backlog on farms

Brechin’s abattoir is battling to clear a backlog of 15,000 slaughter-ready pigs which built up on Scottish farms after the plant closed for two weeks in January. → Read More

Study finds beef producers could learn from dairy farming practices

Beef producers have been told they could improve herd nutrition and calving performance by taking a leaf out of dairy farmers book and adopting metabolic profile (MP) testing. → Read More

NFU Perth office lands prize as top recruiter

NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) Perth office has scored a hat-trick by winning a prize for recruiting more members than any other union region for the third consecutive year. → Read More

Farm exports grind to halt over Brexit

Almost every farming sector that trades with Europe is grinding to a halt this weekend as the lack of agreement over a trade deal with the EU paralyses agricultural exports. → Read More

Climate change will force food and farming industry to adapt

The Scottish Government says it intends to persuade farmers, crofters and land managers to change the way they produce food and farm the countryside in order to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. → Read More

New record as Texel gimmer sells for 46,000gns at Lanark

An in-lamb Texel gimmer sold to a new record price of 46,000gns at Lanark mart’s Select Seven sale. → Read More

Comment: Much to deal with as deadline looms

The creeping realisation that the UK Government’s inability to negotiate a deal with the EU will result in the plug being pulled on our biggest market can’t be far from many farming minds this weekend. → Read More

Moredun Institute fears cash cuts will hit crisis response

The Moredun Research Institute (MRI) has warned that any further cuts in government funding would jeopardise its ability to respond to future pandemics or infectious disease outbreaks. → Read More