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Video Interview with Jeremy Moody at the Natural Capital Investment event

15 February 2020

Here is a video interview with Jeremy Moody when he spoke at the Natural Capital Investment event in London.   

NEW PODCAST on the Agriculture Bill – a watershed moment for British Agriculture

14 February 2020

Our NEW PODCAST has just gone live!

In this episode, Jeremy Moody gives an in-depth analysis of the new and eagerly anticipated Agriculture Bill. He talks through the phasing out of BPS in England, the payment of “public money” for the delivery of “public goods” and the proposed changes to agricultural tenancies. Whilst the Bill primarily focuses on future powers for England, Jeremy also provides commentary and comparison with the policies being developed in the other devolved countries of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Also on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

 

Eustice confirmed as new DEFRA Secretary of State

13 February 2020

George Eustice MP has been confirmed as the new DEFRA Secretary of State. Formerly the farming Minister, his promotion comes following the departure of Theresa Villiers earlier today as part of the Cabinet reshuffle.

Villiers no longer Environment Secretary

13 February 2020

As part of today's Cabinet reshuffle, it seems that Theresa Villiers has lost her role as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We await further news on who will replace her.

Government funding to re-open Beeching rail lines

13 February 2020

The Government has pledged £500 million of funding for communities to develop proposals to re-open local railway lines, including those closed in the Beeching cuts. Further information is available on the GOV.uk website.

Government confirms plans to introduce import controls on EU goods

11 February 2020

The government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border once the transition period ends on 31st December 2020. Further details can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

HS2 announcement expected today (11th February)

11 February 2020

It is being widely reported in the media that the Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement later today on the future of the HS2 project, confirming that it will go ahead. Further briefing will follow in due course. 

Countryside Stewardship application window opens for 2021 agreements

11 February 2020

The Countryside Stewardship application window has opened today for agreements with a 1st January 2021 start date. Applications can be submitted for the Mid Tier, Higher Tier and the four Wildlife Offers. Further information and guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Harper Adams University Rural Research Conference 2020

10 February 2020

Harper Adams University's Rural Research Conference takes place on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Details of the programme and how to book are available at https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/301/harper-adams-rural-research-conference

NFU Rural Surveyor and Planning Firms - invitation to tender

10 February 2020

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) is looking to renew its approved list of professionals providing land and tenancy and/or planning advice and services to NFU Farmer and Grower members. Successful firms will be will promoted as NFU Rural Surveyor and Planning Firms on the NFU’s website and in national and regional NFU publications. Firms will also be able to display their status with an NFU Rural Surveyor Firm or NFU Planning Firm logo and may be invited to participate in regional and national NFU events, as appropriate and in agreement with the event organiser. In addition, Firms will have direct access to the NFU’s technical and policy briefing papers and, annually, be invited to a national briefing on agricultural tenancy and planning issues.

For more information or for an tender pack please contact the NFU at benefits@nfu.org.uk by 29th February 2020.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group: reform of inheritance tax

06 February 2020

The All-Party Parliamentary Group have published a report on their recommendations on the reform of inheritance tax. The full report can be found on the STEP website

Scotland begins to issue Basic Payment Scheme 2019 payments

05 February 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme 2019 payments (including Greening and Young Farmer payments) have started to be issued. This follows the National Basic Payment Support Scheme 2019 loan payments (up to 95% of  estimated payment value) which were issued in October 2019. Please see the Scottish Government website for further details.

Rural businesses encouraged to apply for growth grants by 16th February 2020 deadline

05 February 2020

With over £50 million of government funding available, rural businesses are being encouraged to apply to the Growth Programme by 16th February 2020 deadline. Grants of £20,000 up to £750,000 are available to "boost productivity, create local jobs and increase tourism." Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

Northern Ireland: Agriculture Minister confirms £293 million secured for Direct Payments for 2020

04 February 2020

The Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has confirmed that farmers will share £293 million in Direct Payments for 2020, with the Department aiming to make full payments from 16th October 2020. The Minister announced that the 2020 scheme will operate in a similar fashion to that in 2019, apart from a small number of changes as a result of the exit from the EU. The full article can be found on the DAERA website

Northern Ireland: DAERA Plant Export Certificates go online

04 February 2020

Anyone exporting plants or plant products can now apply online for their statutory phytosanitary certificate. This can be found on the DAERA website

 

Agriculture Bill is brought forward for Second Reading

04 February 2020

The Agriculture Bill was brought forward for Second Reading in the House of Commons yesterday (3rd February 2020). This was the first opportunity for the Bill to be debated by MPs. The Bill will now go to Committee Stage, Report Stage and Third Reading, before transferring to the House of Lords. Please see the GOV.UK website for a news release and the progress of the Bill can be viewed on the UK Parliament website.

Prime Minister sets out Government's proposed approach to negotiations with the EU

03 February 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a Written Statement to Parliament setting out the Government's proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about the future relationship between the UK and the EU. The statement can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Progress for Oxford-Cambridge Arc as government announces preferred East West Rail central section

03 February 2020

The government has announced the preferred route for the East West Rail central section following consultation last year. This can be found on the GOV.UK website

Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission Chair

03 February 2020

Sir William Worsley has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Forestry Commission and will take up his role on 10th February 2020. Further details can be found in the news release on the GOV.UK website.

DEFRA podcast on future funding for farmers

31 January 2020

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, DEFRA (in conjunction with Farmers Weekly) has recorded a podcast on funding for farmers. This covers:-

  • DEFRA funding for farmers in 2020 and beyond;
  • Wider funding for farmers; and
  • Trade and promoting the farming sector.

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