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Scottish Farm Leader John Picken Talks Regulation, Subsidies and More with OALP Class XV in Scotland

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 03:25:21 CST

Scottish Farm Leader John Picken Talks Regulation, Subsidies and More with OALP Class XV in Scotland

Farmers in Scotland face a heavy regulatory burden, according to John Picken, Vice President of the National Farmers Union of Scotland. Picken says the regulations are flowing mostly from Brussels, home of the European Union. Over 2,000 regulations flooded in from Brussels in just the last year alone, according to the farm group leader.

Picken talked with Class XV of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program on day two of their time in Scotland. Picken told OALP that his organization represents about 75% of the farmers in his country.

Before his presentation to the Class- we had the opporunity to talk with him about a variety of subjects- including the burden of regulation, subsidies, the carbon footprint of Scottish agriculture as well as farmers having to battle sister organizations of the HSUS on this side of the Atlantic.

You can hear our full conversation with John Picken by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. Click here for our FLICKR set of pictures from the Scotland-Ireland travels of Class XV.

The Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program's Class XV is traveling Scotland and Ireland between February 15 and February 27- we continue to travel with them and will be updating details of their journey on a daily basis.


Ron Hays talks with Vice President of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, John Picken.
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