"It is satisfying to be finally getting into the detail of CAP reform, after what has been years of lead up to it. The four reports, debated in the Agriculture Committee yesterday and today, are mixed bags - there is a lot to be welcomed and a lot still to be done. A number of issues still need to be addressed, in particular the need for a system of entry into entitlements that gives new entrants equality of access from the start, and the need for more flexibility in greening options. I also want to see enough power given to responsible governments to fine-tune the policy to make it suit local specificities where required.
"However, this is all well and good but I want to hear from Scottish farmers, and our agricultural and rural organisations, to hear what you think needs to be changed. My CAP Reform Guide should be a useful starting point for stimulating debate and will clarify where I think we need to see the most urgent changes or improvements made, but now I need to hear from you.
"I'll be speaking to as many folk as I can at Ingliston, including doing a Q&A with the Young Farmers Association, but I urge anyone with suggestions or questions to get in touch with me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Amendment deadline in the Agriculture Committee is 9th July so time is, as ever, pressing"