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Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.
As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.
Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.
A programme which educates young people across Dumfries and Galloway about the farming industry may be coming to an end, if funding can't be found.
The Royal Highland Education Trust has run school farm trips for the past four years.
They say it's crucial to give pupils an idea about potential careers in agriculture:
We're looking at the Scottish Government. They have funded us but that's about to slow down now we need to look at other funding.
The feedback from the young people today has been fantastic, hopefully we've got them engaged in food and farming so it's a positive message for all."
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A dairy farming family from Dumfries and Galloway have decided to tackle the milk crisis head on- by taking things into their own hands.
Today they launched a new business venture, by selling direct to customers in their local community, instead of to the supermarkets. Lori Carnochan reports:
The dairy industry has been in turmoil for several months due to the lowest milk prices for years.
However this hasn't put off the Roan family from Dalbeattie. They're now cutting out the supermarkets and selling direct to customers.
"I think to milk cows you have to be a bit mad but it's great.
"It's a family business and we have to think of the next generation that's coming through and that's what we do, we love milling cows but it's just finding a way of making it more profitable and if this helps we'll keep on doing it."
A dairy farming family from Dalbeattie, on the Solway Coast, are cutting out the supermarkets and selling direct to local customers.
The Roan's hope that by supplying local businesses and the surrounding communities with their milk, that they will achieve what they believe to be a fair price.
The milk crisis has been well documented over the past few months, with protests taking place up and down the country.
"We're really passionate about the high quality produce we make here and just feel that we don't get rewarded for that in the marketplace.
"My great-grandfather use to go down to the local villages with a pony and trap so you could say that it's going round full circle again."
ITV Border spoke to a number of consumers outside of the supermarket to ask how they felt about buying local, Scottish and British produce over imported products.
Here's what they had to say:
Farmers nationwide have been campaigning for months against the price of milk and meat in the UK market. They argue that the price is at an unacceptably low level and that they're running at a loss with many of their products.
Trust the Tractor campaign is encouraging consumers to think twice about what produce they're buying and where it's from.
Local farmers form Dumfriesshire met with consumers to explain why they feel it's important for people to support the farming industry by buying local, Scottish and British produce.
"There is product coming into the UK saying it's packaged and processed in the UK when infact it's not a UK produced product and that's where the red tractor logo comes in.
"It's difficult in all sectors of farming presently, even the sheep, the beef, the dairy farming in particular, the potato farming, all sectors of farming are under pressure at the minute from weather conditions as well as bad prices."