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Dog walkers urged to 'Keep Scotland Beautiful'

NFU Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problems of dog fouling on agricultural land.

All Scottish farmers have been sent out a survey to assess the level of the problem on their land, and identify areas where campaigning can be targeted.

The campaign is scheduled to run during the spring, at a time of the year when the better weather brings an increase in the number of people getting out and about in the countryside with their dogs.

NFU Scotland raises awareness of dyslexia

It's estimated one in ten people in the UK has dyslexia. Amongst the farming community in Scotland it's thought that figure could be higher.

It's an issue that's now being highlighted by the National Farmer's Union Scotland.

Emma Baker has been to one farm near Duns in Berwickshire to meet a family who know first hand about the challenges faced by people with dyslexia.


Dyslexia: find out more

NFU Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness about dyslexia in farming communities, after research showed the condition to be more common amongst farmers.

Dyslexia means difficulty with words, and it usually results in a struggle to read, write or spell.

If you think you might be dyslexic, you can find out more by visiting the following websites.

  • British Dyslexia Association - provides advice and support for people with dyslexia, and promotes research.
  • NHS - you can find detailed information about dyslexia: from the causes to how to identify whether you have it.
  • Dyslexia Action - offers support services including free half-hour consultations.

NFU Scotland highlights dyslexia concerns

Dyslexia is more common amongst farmers in Scotland Credit: ITV Border Life

The National Farmers Union in Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dyslexia in the farming community.

Dyslexia affects around half a million people in Scotland, and it's thought the number is considerably higher for farmers.

In fact, Scotland's Rural College says that one in four of its agriculture students is dyslexic.

You can find out more by watching Border Life Episode 30 tonight.

NFUS appeal for AD plant support

The National Farmers Union of Scotland is urging the UK government to think again over a cut in support for some types of renewable energy.

Anaerobic Digesters are ideal for farmers, because they convert waste products into energy.

There's been a reduction in the tariff payed to people who produce energy in this way and the NFU Scotland fears that could discourage farmers from installing so-called AD plants.

Fiona McIlwraith went to a farm in Dumfries and Galloway which is building one of the first plants in Scotland.


Regional projects benefit from NFU century birthday

Three regional charities have benefitted from NFU donations Credit: ITV Border

The National Farmers Union of Scotland has been handing out thousands of pounds to mark their £100th birthday.

Projects in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders have benefited.

The money, raised from donations and annual subscriptions, has been split between three organisations in our region.

Almost £190,000 has been given out nationwide in the hope that organisations can encourage more young people to learn where their food comes from.

ASDA responds to NFU lamb survey

The supermarket ASDA has responded to the NFU Scotland claim that the levels of British lamb in some Scottish supermarkets is lower than that of imported lamb.

In a statement they say:

"Clearly someone's numbers don't add up here. As it stands more than 80 per cent of our fresh lamb range is sourced from British farmers and we will sell 10% more British sourced lamb this year than in 2011.

"As we move further into the British lamb season that figure will only increase. "Our support of the lamb industry in this country is beyond doubt.”

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