Payments to begin in December. The first Scottish direct farm payments should begin arriving in bank accounts by the end of December, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said.
European efforts to cut red tape and ensure Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regulations are fit for purpose must be redoubled as a matter of urgency.
Views are being sought on whether the pig disease Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) should be classed as a notifiable disease in Scotland.
Scotch Lamb and haggis could be back on US plates by 2017 after a positive response from the US Government during a meeting with Food Secretary Richard Lochhead.
Food Secretary Richard Lochhead has been showcasing the new Scottish dairy brand in New York and New Jersey today, following the international launch last month.