The four agricultural champions, appointed by Fergus Ewing in January this year, have set out six strategic themes for the report that they will publish on the future of Scottish agriculture next spring. Presenting their interim discussion document in Battleby last Friday, the champions said that given the long-term nature of farming the report must get cross-party support in order for it to be led by Government with partnership from the industry.

“The agricultural sector faces major change and we have to prepare the mindset for that,” said Henry Graham, champion of education and training. “This report goes beyond Government, beyond the term of the current parliament and must receive cross-party support.”