Land of Niches
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Mar 16, 2015 04:36 PM CDT

Scotland is a hard land to farm. Its rocky hills and gloomy weather make most of it more suited for moody movie sets than farming. With latitudes similar to the Aleutian Islands, Scotland's growing seasons are short, and the soils aren't great either. Less than 10% of the land is arable.

So Scottish farmers react by digging out market niches in the sometimes-forbidding landscape and by making jokes that have a slightly dour aftertaste. Nigel Miller, president of the National Farmers Union Scotland, dryly introduces himself as "a pretty miserable, depressed farmer" and describes his homeland as having "little or ...

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