Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and member of the Rural Economy Committee, Mike Rumbles, has urged the North East's rural communities to take a positive outlook and make the business case for creative investment in Scottish agricultural industry.
Mr Rumbles attended the Turriff Show on Monday to listen to the various concerns raised by rural industry stake holders and discuss how they might be addressed by both Scottish and UK governments.
Speaking to NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and the Tenant Farmers Association of Scotland; Mr Rumbles urged stake holders to move forward and push the Scottish Government to consider positive solutions in the wake of the EU referendum last month.
"With the inevitable demise of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Scottish Government will have a potential £500 million to invest in Scotland's agricultural future. Where previously the UK joined a system devised for continental farmers, we now have the opportunity to tailor a system of agricultural support that best suits the needs of the Scottish industry.
"I am aware that there is unease in the industry in the wake of The Brexit vote and it will have numerous potential implications. We cannot however revert to business as usual. With the SNP administration having its attention focused on the central belt and urban areas, the rural communities of the North East cannot take this money for granted.
"Scottish agricultural industry and rural communities must come together and produce radical alternatives to the CAP to ensure vital funding is not diverted elsewhere.