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Farmers divided over independence debate

As the count-down continues to the Scottish independence referendum, arguments from both sides of the debate have emerged from the farming community. Four former Presidents of the National Farmers' Union in Scotland have now backed the campaign for independence - among them, a farmer from Dumfries and Galloway.

But other officials argue that Scottish agriculture benefits from the broad shoulders of the UK on the international stage and that staying in the UK gives the farming community 'the best of both worlds.'

Joe Pike reports.

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64 jobs at risk at fish smoking company

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64 jobs are at risk in West Cumbria, as company bosses have begun consultation talks that could see a fish smoker and processing plant forced to close.

Brookside Products Limited in Maryport is said to have lost £4 million in the last three years. The company, which smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market, has informed all of the staff.

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Farmers back 'yes' vote

Four influential Scottish farmers have voiced their support for an independent Scotland
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Four influential Scottish farmers have come out in favour of a 'Yes' vote in September's independence referendum.

The four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union Scotland, including John Ross from Portpatrick, believe an independent Scotland would have a more powerful voice in Europe.

However, the Chair of Farmers Together and Former NFUS President, George Lyon said: "Scottish farmers know that as part of the UK we have the best of both worlds".

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Two new jobs at D&G Citizens Advice Service

Two new jobs have been created at the Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service (CAS).

The announcement comes following the news that over £500,000 is to be given by the Scottish Government to tackle food poverty.

The two part-time advisers will be based in Dumfries and Stranraer.

Their main role will be to work both with emergency food providers and people accessing food aid.

They will deliver advice sessions in food banks and other emergency food locations and will be able to look holistically at people’s situations to try to resolve root causes of the problems they face.

“We are delighted that we are going to be able to provide this extra support for people in need across Dumfries and Galloway. This is a new and growing problem and we have seen a huge increase in the numbers of people we refer to food banks over the last year.

“Of course, we’d rather not be in the situation where it is necessary to provide advice to people who are struggling to put a meal on the table, but that is the reality for so many in our region. However, there are lots of things we at D&G CAS can help with if you are struggling to afford meals, from checking you are getting the benefits to which you are entitled, to negotiating debt on your behalf. So this funding will mean we can target those most in need and we thank the Scottish Government for their support.”

– Sue Irving, Chief Executive of D&G CAS

Vulcan bomber star of Cumbrian festival

The last cold war RAF Vulcan bomber in the world that's still flying is due to be the star of the show at Stobart Fest today.

The plane is expected to fly for a 10 minute display at 2.45pm at Carlisle Airport.

Last year's first-time appearance of Stobart Fest attracted around 16,000 people.

The festival is also a chance for fans of Eddie Stobart lorries to meet some of their favourite drivers. Several became household names after appearing on a behind-the-scenes show on Channel 5.

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