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Negotiate carefully before accepting tenancy deals

Tenant farmers who are approached to discuss surrendering their old agricultural tenancies should be cautious and take advice before accepting any deals. Mutually beneficial deals can be struck but the full value of tenant’s interest in the land must be acknowledged.

Agriculture Act brings tenancy reform

Following several years work by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group and reflecting the significant shifts and anticipated shifts in the agricultural industry, the two main Acts that govern agricultural tenancies are now set to be amended in various ways from January 11, 2021 by virtue of the newly enacted Agriculture Act of 2020.

Woodland planting grants of up to £30,000 available in England

Farmers and landowners considering planting trees in England can receive funding from the Forestry Commission to support the design of new woodland under the Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG). 

RPA Announces BPS 2020 Payment Rates

On the 3rd November, The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) published the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlement values and greening rates.

Grants up to £12,000 for yard coverings in Wales

Farmers in wales can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to pay for roofing and drainage that improve water quality and reduce pollution on their farms.

Planners and landowners join forces for biodiversity gain

Farmers and landowners could have a key role in meeting biodiversity obligations of developers as new rules make the environment a priority for planners in the future.

Surge of interest in renewable energy projects

Clients of Shropshire based land agents Davis Meade Property Consultants have seen a surge in interest from developers looking to build renewable energy projects on their land.

Marches Small Business Recovery Grant

A new £630,000 grant scheme to help small businesses across the Marches which have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched.

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 3 – now open for applications

The CPSG provides investment towards specific items of equipment which will improve productivity and efficiency for farming and horticultural businesses. Please read the guidance carefully to decide whether the items under this scheme meet the investment plans for your business, and if you qualify for support.

Keep on track with public rights of way

With more people holidaying at home during the Coronavirus crisis and enjoying the countryside footpath network, farmers and landowners are being advised how to protect themselves against the creation of unwanted public rights of way.

Disputes over valuations for telecoms masts

Farmers and landowners in negotiations with telecoms companies over sites for masts or apparatus are being advised to seek professional help before accepting any offers as new guidance on payment considerations is available following a spate of recent Upper Tribunal and County Court cases regarding the new Electronic Communications Code.

£1.5m boost for trees in Wales

A £1.55m capital investment scheme to boost tree planting capacity in the Welsh forestry sector is open for applications.

Deadline extended to apply for dairy fund

Dairy farmers in England who suffered significant milk price cuts in April because of COVID-19 disruptions now have until September 11 to apply for financial help from the Government’s Dairy Response Fund.

Valuation date set for non-domestic rates

The Valuation date for the next Rating List in England has been set for April 1, 2021. The date is set in The Rating Lists (Valuation Date) (England) Order 2020 (SI 2020/832) which comes into force at the end of August.

Removal of Greening Rules

Farmers will no longer be required to comply with complex rules around crop diversification, Ecological Focus Areas and greening permanent grassland, following the government announcement of the removal of greening rules from the direct payments regime for 2021. He change means 30% of the current overall BPS payment associated with these conditions will be reallocated to the BPS entitlements. Further details on Gov.UK website

Forestry Industry Recovery Scheme (FIRS)

FIRS is now open and the closing date for applications is 18th October 2020.

Dairy Response Fund - England

The deadline for applications has been extended to the 11th September 2020.

Consider impact of new Agriculture Bill on farm support in England

Whilst further government consultation and specific details are still awaited for the Agricultural Bill, the new legislation that looks set to reform the agricultural industry, the impact on future farm support in England can still be considered.

Capital grants available for farmers in Wales to improve water

Land managers and farming businesses in Wales can apply for funding to carry out projects to improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding under the Glastir Small Grants Scheme.

Start Up grant for businesses in wales

A grant of £2,500 is available to assist new businesses operating in Wales that have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Glastir Woodland Creation Window 9

The ninth round of Glastir Woodland Creation and the eighth round opens today, 16 March, with a fourfold increase in budget for Glastir Woodland Creation of £8m.

Glastir Small Grants – Water

Glastir Small Grants is a Capital Works grant scheme available to land managers and farming businesses across Wales. An existing Glastir contract is not necessary to be eligible. Capital Works available are chosen for their broad and general environmental benefits and their ability to deliver to the Welsh Government’s ambitions for climate change and water management.

Launch of Phase 1 of Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support businesses on the path to Net Zero

The UK Government has launched Phase 1 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). The funding programme will support businesses with high energy use transition to a low carbon future and reduce their emissions through increased energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

Farmers raise compulsory purchase concerns during Zoom seminar

A proposed super school, new cycle paths and poor terms for telecoms masts were all concerns highlighted during an online seminar organised recently by Davis Meade Property Consultants and Farmers’ Union of Wales.

Farming Connect Funding

With approximately 80 short courses to choose from, could our training courses help you meet your business objectives? Can we help you identify the training which would most benefit you, eligible family members and your workers? Up to 80% funding available. The current round of Farming Connect Training Funding ends on the 1st November 2019 at 5pm.

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