NFU Scotland are on the road with a series of 12 events to discuss future agricultural policy in Scotland.

The events – taking place in Shetland, Orkney, Skye, Inverurie, Stepps, Carfraemill, Castle Douglas, Dingwall, Perth, Kilmarnock, Campbeltown and Oban – invite farmers and crofters to discuss Scotland’s transition from a post-Brexit, post-Common Agricultural Policy support framework to a future agricultural policy in Scotland, expected to be in place by 2025.

All NFUS roadshow events will be attended by president Martin Kennedy and director of policy Jonnie Hall.

“A new Scottish agricultural support framework is currently being developed which will fundamentally change the way farmers and crofters in Scotland are supported to meet new policy goals,” said Hall

“The direction of travel towards 2025 is clear, underlined by the announcement last week of Track One of the National Test Programme.

“NFU Scotland is adamant that a sustainable and profitable future for Scottish agriculture is critical if it is to deliver the food production, climate and nature outcomes expected.

“The key to that is supporting active farmers and crofters and enabling them to change and thrive.

“We invite all farmers and crofters to join us to hear more about how future policy is developing.

“More importantly, we want to hear from farmers and crofters on what these changes will mean for them, and I invite them to join us in person at one of these 12 roadshows.”

Ahead of the roadshow in McDiarmid Park, regional manager for East Central Kate Maitland said:

“We are encouraging our members to attend and participate in this event to enable them to express their views and help shape policy decisions.

“Our region covers a vast range of enterprises, and future funding and support mechanisms will need to be tailored to help support these enterprises equitably. This will not be easy, so please come along and ensure your voices are heard”