Local MSP Rhoda Grant, Labour, has claimed that the assessment of who is to be eligible has been rushed.
The initial £80 million will be distributed to support active farming, with a focus on those who farm in marginal uplands, hill farms and island areas.
A new guide for farmers designed to improve safety has proved hugely popular as demand for copies of the handbook continues to increase.
“we are directly investing more than £327 million into the rural economy at the increased rate of 95%”
For hundreds of years the farming ritual of seed time and harvest had remained relatively unchanged
Orkney at harvest time
The long awaited Bews Report on the future funding of agriculture has been published. It recommends an extra €60 million (£51.4m) over the next two years for farmers.
£160million due to Scottish Farmers is now to be paid.
A survey is being carried out to determine what demand there would be for a mobile abattoir for the Highlands and Islands.
Goose meat from the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) licensed cull of geese in Orkney can be sold in the rest of Scotland.