First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday defended the Scottish Government’s move to apply for an extension to the farm payments deadline and said she was sorry for the failures of the payments IT system. Speaking at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh a day after it emerged Government had asked the European Commission to extend the payments deadline beyond June 30, Ms Sturgeon said this was a “contingency plan”.
The outlook for agriculture once the UK leaves Europe was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference’s first event in Scotland at the Royal Highland Show. The debate session, which was organised with support from law firm Brodies, examined the motion ‘This house believes UK agriculture will thrive outwith the European Union’. A panel of five speakers were asked to share their views on the issue and to answer questions from the audience.
The James Hutton Institute’s “best soil in show” award has been won by Moray organic farmers, Roger and Beth Polson from Knock Farm near Huntly. Their 1,100-acre farm carries breeding cows and sheep and has a crop rotation of two years spring barley followed by five years of grass. Accepting his award at the Royal Highland Show, Mr Polson said that maintaining the health and vitality of soils was fundamental to the holistic approach he took to farm management.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".