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Farmers face lower grain profits

Despite high yields in the South of Scotland, the National Farmers Union says producers are struggling to make a profit due to a fall in market prices.

Our Borders reporter Jenny Longden has been at a farm near Duns to find out, what it may mean to farmers, and ultimately consumers.

Well earlier Ian Payne spoke to Andy Hindhaugh, who sells crops for a living. He began by asking him to explain why, if it has been a good harvest, can it be a bad year for farmers?

Grain prices are 'disappointing'

Farmers say that despite a bumper yield during harvesting time this year, they are being paid much less for the grain they produce.

Farmers across the region are being paid up to £100 less per tonne on last year, for grains including wheat, oats and barley.

The approximate grain prices for 2013 to 2014 are:

  • Winter Barley: -£50 per tonne
  • Oil Seed Rape: -£100 per tonne
  • Malting Barley: -£100 per tonne

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Darling: 'No thanks' to independence

Both sides in the referendum campaign are claiming that David Cameron's visit to Scotland will boost their cause.

The SNP believe his appearance north of the Border helps win votes for the 'yes' side. But Better Together's leader insists it will boost the case for a 'no' vote.

Alistair Darling says any voice making a powerful case for the Union is welcome in the run-up to September the 18th.

Answering questions on the key issues ahead of September's vote, Mr Darling told our Scotland political editor, Peter MacMahon, a referendum was different from a general election:

Cameron talks business with Scotland

David Cameron has spent the day in Scotland campaigning for a 'no' vote in September's independence referendum. Later this evening, the Prime Minister is expected to say the UK is one of the world's 'oldest and most successful single markets'.

But Alex Salmond has accused him of 'tinkering' with an exit from another single market: the European Union. Joe Pike reports:

Yes vote will create a 'prosperous economy and just society'

The Prime Minister David Cameron will address the business organisation CBI Scotland's annual dinner in Glasgow.

Cameron is expected to tell business leaders that the UK supports one million Scottish jobs whilst making his case for the country to remain in the Union.

It comes the day after a group of 200 business leaders signed an open letter expressing their support for a 'Yes' vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond was asked what an independent Scotland could offer businesses that can't be offered currently:

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Salmond: Continuing trade is 'right and proper'

Prime Minister David Cameron is North of the border making his business case for Scotland to stay in the UK.

He's described Britain as one of the 'oldest and most successful single markets'.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says that the 'single market' will remain if Scotland became independent and that continuing trade between countries is 'right and proper':

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Cameron: Union supports one million Scottish jobs

David Cameron will tell business leaders tonight that the United Kingdom supports one million Scottish jobs, as he hopes to make the business case for the country remaining in the Union.

David Cameron will call the Union  one of the world's
David Cameron will call the Union one of the world's Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

"Scotland does twice as much trade with the rest of the UK than with the rest of the world put together," the Prime Minister will say in a speech to CBI Scotland in Glasgow this evening.

For some industries, the proportion of trade with the rest of the UK is even higher - 90% of Scottish financial services' customers are in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Then there's the world-famous gaming industry, cutting-edge sub-sea technology and life-saving biomedicine - all selling far more outside Scotland than inside.

– David Cameron to CBI Scotland

The Prime Minister will attribute this success to the "skill of people in Scotland ... and the opportunities that come from being part of something bigger".

Fishing study stopped early

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The study was due to run until mid-September Credit: PA

A study into cockle fishing on the Solway has concluded after the contractor withdrew from the project.

It was due to run until mid-September but has stopped early because of difficult conditions and low prices in key markets. The fishery will remain closed until further notice.

Borders boast business energy saving potential

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People and businesses and people in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to consider using renewable energy.

Expert advisors and accredited installers will advise how to save energy in the home and how businesses or communities could generate their own heat and electricity.

'The Scottish Borders is rich in renewable energy potential. Wind, hydro and biomass can all contribute to a thriving low-carbon economy, supporting local businesses, developing new skills and benefiting local communities in the area.'

– Jim Johnstone, Principal Officer (Business) from Business Gateway

The exhibition, hosted by Scottish Borders Council and Business Gateway, will be held at Springwood Hall in Kelso on 30th September.

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