FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on farmers to tell the government what they think about Brexit and what it might mean for rural funding.

The SNP leader is due to attend the Turriff Show today, one of the biggest farming events in the country.

UK Government Environment Minister Michael Gove, a Brexiteer, is also expected to attend, although it’s not thought that the two will meet.

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Speaking ahead of the show, Sturgeon urged farmers to take part in a consultation which set out proposals to stabilise and simplify income support for rural communities in Scotland during the period immediately after Brexit.

The First Minister said: “The paper proposes that in the short term support schemes for active farming, food production, environmental improvements, forestry and rural development fundamentally stay largely the same.

“However, we are also looking at whether processes can be simplified and streamlined and what farmers think the longer term direction of travel should be.

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“It is important we hear directly from those working in the rural sector so we can support them through the transition period after the UK leaves the EU so I would encourage those who will be affected to respond before the deadline.”