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Tenant Farming in Scotland, Farmers in the Media, Cow Perfume

11 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 June 2014

Tenant farming in Scotland is in severe decline and a new report has highlighted the problems facing those renting farms.
The Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group, led by Scotland's rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead, has spent six months gathering evidence and looking for ways to improve the fortunes of tenanted land and the people farming it.
Short-term lets, lack of investment, limited access to subsidy payments for new entrants and tricky landlord/tenant relations are all to blame for the shrinking sector, according to its interim report.
Not the best farming news to announce at the Royal Highland Show, which finished on Sunday. Our reporter Nancy Nicholson has a full report including interviews with the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association and Richard Lochhead.
Bill Gates has donated $100,000 to a project in California which hopes to confuse malaria-carrying mosquitoes by making cows smell like humans, so they bite the animals instead of people. Charlotte Smith hears from Dr Agenor Mafra-Neto, leading the project, on how it could reduce the spread of the disease.
All this week on Farming Today we'll be exploring the changing image of farmers. Are they perhaps the new celebrity chefs?! Charlotte talks to Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF about their training courses to improve farmers' communication skills.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Anna Jones.


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