BPS to continue at same level of funding

News that farmers in Wales will be paid the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2020 at the same level as in recent years will enable farmers to plan their farming year with greater confidence.

Cross compliance 2020 guide for ENGLAND

GOV.UK have published the ‘Guide to cross compliance in England 2020’.

Consultation on compulsory purchase procedure in Wales

The Welsh Government is seeking comments on proposal to update the Compulsory Purchase procedure in Wales to assist the delivery of land for housing and redevelopment.

Annual Sheep and Goat inventory for England

The annual sheep and goat inventory for farmers in England should be completed for 1st December.

Welsh Basic Payment Scheme extended until 2021

Wales' Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales will continue in 2021 (subject to available UK government funding), meaning the transition to the proposed new Land Management Programme will not start until 2022.

Time running out to apply for BPS support scheme

Farmers in Wales are reminded they have a short time to apply for the BPS Support Scheme before the November 29 deadline, to ensure they receive the majority of BPS claim value when the payment window opens on December 1.

Stay in control to get tax relief on farm

Farming estates and farmers looking to reduce the burden of Inheritance Tax on agricultural property can take heart from a recent tribunal which ruled in favour of a deceased farmer over HMRC.

Grants available to boost small businesses

Small rural businesses in England looking to start a new business or expand an existing one are eligible to apply for grant funding from the RDPE Growth Programme

Grants to boost food processing

Food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products can apply for grant funding under the RDPE Growth fund.

Grant funding for tourism projects

Grants for rural tourism are now available in England through the RDPE Rural Growth Programme.

Free advice for farmers at Rural Hub day

Farmers and land managers can drop in for some free advice at the 10th Herefordshire Rural Business Advice day being held at Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford on Wednesday, November 20.

Capital grants for tourism in Wales

Farmers and businesses in Wales looking to develop a tourism enterprise can receive funding from the Welsh Government’s Micro and Small Business Fund (MSBF) which has reopened for applications.

Grant scheme opens to improve water quality

The application window opens on November 1 for farmers and land managers in Severn Trent Water (STW) region to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to match-fund infrastructure investment and land management items.

New Model Clauses for some agricultural tenancies

Tenant farmers in Wales should be aware of changes to the rules regarding ‘Model Clauses’ which cover the maintenance, repairs and insurance of fixed equipment such as houses and farm buildings etc.

New CIL rules introduced

New Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules have come into force meaning that communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on.

Free Pesticide Disposal Scheme

Welsh Water are currently offering a Free Pesticide Disposal Scheme across Wales and within their English drinking water catchment area. This includes the River Teme catchment and parts of the River Wye catchment.

Natural capital brings opportunity for new wealth streams

Farmers looking for new sources of income could benefit from public and private sector cash for environmental services in the future.

Agricultural tenancy reform consultation

Defra is planning changes to agricultural tenancy law aimed at boosting productivity and making it easier to get in and out of the industry.

Caution over environmental assessments

Concern is mounting amongst chartered surveyors and property owners on the reliability of visual and noise impact assessments with regard to construction of new roads and infrastructure projects.

English farmers can apply for derogation to cut hedges in August

Farmers in England planning to sow oilseed rape or temporary grass late summer early autumn may be eligible for a Hedge Cutting Derogation to allow hedge cutting to commence in August rather than September, the date permitted under cross compliance.

Take care with slurry storage after flooding

Farmers with land affected by the autumn high rainfall should consult The Environment Agency (EA) if they feel that their slurry storage capacity will not be sufficient until the end of the NVZ closed period or until land is suitable for spreading.

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