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Wales confirms emergency measures to support farmers during COVID-19 outbreak

01 April 2020

Wales' Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that the Single Application Form (SAF) deadline is now extended to 15th June 2020, giving an extra month to complete forms. She has also confirmed that the Crop Diversification requirements are being removed for BPS 2020.

To alleviate potential cash flow issues, an additional £5.5m has been allocated for the BPS and Glastir 2019 support scheme which has re-opened today for farmers who have not received their BPS and/ or Glastir 2019 payment as yet.

A Press Release is available on the Welsh Government website.

CLA and TFA Joint Statement in Challenging Times

31 March 2020

In a joint statement the TFA and CLA, with DEFRA’s support, are appealing to all rural landlords and tenants to work together collaboratively and compassionately during this unprecedented time.  The plea is made in respect of all tenancy matters, but particularly rent payments, notices to quit and finalising new tenancy agreements.

The full statement is available on the TFA and CLA websites.

Covid-19: Advice for people with animals

27 March 2020

The Government has published advice for pet owners and livestock keepers during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

Covid-19: Guidance on access to green spaces

27 March 2020

The Government has published guidance on access to green spaces, encouraging people to use green spaces near their home for exercise and not to travel to get to them.

Covid-19: Government advice on moving house during the lockdown

27 March 2020

The Government has published advice on moving house during the lockdown for the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

COVID-19: Letter from the Environment Secretary

27 March 2020

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, has written an open letter to the food industry thanking all those involved for their efforts so far in supporting the nation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19: Government support for self-employed

26 March 2020

On 26th March Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The money will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

 

NEW PODCAST on EPCs and MEES

26 March 2020

Podcast No. 6 - EPCs and MEES for domestic property: what you need to know

Energy efficiency in buildings is a key area for Government to tackle if it is to meet the deadline for net zero carbon by 2050. Kate Russell of the CAAV explains how the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are being implemented for let residential property in England and Wales at the moment and looks ahead to where standards will go in future.

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Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Covid-19: Government to pay wages

20 March 2020

The Chancellor has announced today (20th March) that the Government will step in and pay up to 80% of wages for employees not working due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance for businesses during CV-19 outbreak

20 March 2020

Many professional firms are publishing useful guidance on their websites for businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak. As examples of what is available, Michelmores solicitors has published guidance for employers and Roythornes solicitors has published information on employment issues for farm businesses.

DEFRA relaxes crop diversification rules and confirms £6m funding for flood-affected farmers

20 March 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the crop diversification rules under "greening" will not apply for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications. This is to assist farmers in England who have been unable to establish crops because of the prolonged wet weather and flooding.

In addition, the Farming Recovery Fund is being further extended with £6 million funding to assist farmers affected by flooding during February 2020. This support is being made available to eligible farmers in parts of East and North Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire.

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.1%

19 March 2020

The Bank of England has cut the base rate to 0.1% with effect from 19th March 2020, as part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
 

Protection for private renters during Covid-19 outbreak

18 March 2020

The Prime Minister has said that he will introduce legislation to prevent tenants in the private rented sector from being evicted if they are unable to pay rent due to lost earnings because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Further details are awaited.

DEFRA Response to Agricultural Tenancies Consultation

18 March 2020

DEFRA has published its response to the consultation on agricultural tenancy reform in England. A response from the Welsh Government is also expected.

Government announces emergency Coronavirus Bill

18 March 2020

The government has annouced the introduction of the Coronavirus Emergency Measures Bill to enable action in five key areas:-

1. increasing the available health and social care workforce
2. easing the burden of frontline staff
3. containing and slowing the virus
4. managing the deceased with respect and dignity
5. supporting people 

The legislation is to be time-limited for two years. Further details on the powers to be introduced can be found on the GOV.UK website. The Bill is due to be introduced into Parliament tomorrow (19th March).

Wales confirms emergency support for businesses affected by coronavirus

17 March 2020

As part of a package of financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus, the Welsh Government has confirmed:

  • 100% business rates relief will be apply for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less; 
  • A £5,000 reduction in business rates for pubs with a rateable value between £51,000 and £100,000; and
  • £100m grant funding for small businesses - further details on this grant scheme "will be confirmed as soon as possible."

£1 million for Future Farming Resilience Funding

16 March 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that nine organisations have been awarded a proportion of £1 million funding being made available as part of a Future Farming Resilience pilot. The projects approved range from one to one advice to workshops and should assess the effectiveness of these approaches in supporting farmers and land managers through the seven year agricultural transition period from 2021. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website and DEFRA's Blog.

Two month window opens for BPS 2020 applications and Stewardship claims

12 March 2020

The two month window for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications and annual revenue claims for existing Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements has opened. BPS applications and CS/ ES claims must be submitted by 15th May 2020 to avoid late claim penalties. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

NEW PODCAST on the 2020 Budget

12 March 2020

Following yesterday’s budget announcement, we have recorded a new podcast episode.

This is the first budget of Boris Johnson’s majority government and the newly appointed Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Packed with announcements and substantial spending commitments, what does it all mean for rural business owners? Tune in to hear Jeremy Moody’s expert analysis of the policy changes and new fiscal measures.

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

 

UK interest rate cut to 0.25%

11 March 2020

The Bank of England has cut the interest rate to 0.25% today (11th March 2020) as part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Scotland begins making CAP convergence payments to farmers and crofters

04 March 2020

The Scottish Government has made initial CAP convergence payments worth £86.2 million to over 17,400 farmers and crofters. This represents the first tranche of a £160 million convergence funding package. A further payment should be made in the "coming weeks". More information can be found in the Scottish Government's News Release.

RPA pays almost 99% of Basic Payment Scheme claimants

04 March 2020

The RPA has issued an update on payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. The headline figures given in the update are:-

  • BPS 2020 payments have been made to almost 99% of eligible claimants (total value of £1.76 billion);
  • Environmental Stewardship (ES) - 77% of agreement holders should have received a full payment for ES 2019 annual revenue claims (total value of £133 million); and
  • Countryside Stewardship (CS) - 37% of agreement holders should have received a full payment for CS 2019 annual revenue claims.

The remaining ES and CS 2019 payments should be made by 30th June 2020, the end of the payment window.

NEW PODCAST on Residential Tenancies

02 March 2020

Episode No.4 - Residential Tenancies: Radical Reform in England – or is it?

Kate Russell of the CAAV explains the key measures set out in the Rented Homes Bill, including the proposed abolition of assured shorthold tenancies in England. This is the most significant change to the letting of residential property in England for forty years, but what will the real impact be for private landlords?

The full podcast is available below and on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Environment Bill progresses with Second Reading

26 February 2020

The Environment Bill has been brought forward today for its Second Reading in the House of Commons, giving MPs the first opportunity to debate the new Bill. The Bill forms a key element of the government's commitment to an ambitious environmental programme and is one of the main vehicles for delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Eustice delivers speech at NFU Conference

26 February 2020

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, delivered his speech earlier this morning at the NFU Conference. The speech was originally scheduled for the first day of the Conference (yesterday) to coincide with the publication of the Agriculture Bill Policy Statement and the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) consultation, but had to be delayed due to a meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the latest flooding issues. The transcript of the speech can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

DEFRA publishes future farm support details

25 February 2020

The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, will be delivering a speech at the NFU Conference tomorrow (Wednesday 26th February) and ahead of that has announced the publication today of:- 

A news release is available on the GOV.UK website.

NEW PODCAST on The Electronic Communications Code

23 February 2020

The Electronic Communications Code - still in stasis? 

Whilst the new Electronic Communications Code has been in place for over two years, there is still considerable frustration over the lack of progress in agreeing terms for new agreements. In this episode, Jeremy Moody talks us through the purpose and operation of the Code, the approach to assessing rents and he provides a full run down of two Upper Tribunal cases - CTIL v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd and CTIL v Ashloch and AP Wireless.​

The full podcast is available below and on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Wales' First Minister announces up £10 million emergency flood relief scheme

19 February 2020

Welsh Government's First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has confirmed that up to £10 million of funding is being made available under an emergency flood relief scheme. Further details are available on the Welsh Government website.

Agricultural Productivity Working Group Report

19 February 2020

The Agricultural Productivity Working Group have published their report to The Food and Drink Sector Council.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the full report

Andrew Stephenson appointed HS2 Minister

19 February 2020

Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, has been appointed Minister for HS2. He was previously a Minister in the Foreign Office and a Government Whip.

Seasonal Workers Pilot extended for 2020

19 February 2020

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, has confirmed that the Seasonal Workers Pilot is to be extended in 2020 to support the horticultural sector. Up to 10,000 temporary workers may be employed for up to six months, compared with the previous 2,500 workers. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Government announces support package for areas affected by flooding

19 February 2020

Following the recent storms and flooding, the government has announced funding and support for those affected, including:-

  • A Community Recovery Grant - £500 financial hardship payments to cover short-term need;
  • 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least three months;
  • A Business Recovery Grant - up to £2,500 Business Recovery Grant for small and medium sized businesses with uninsurable losses; and
  • A Property Resilience Scheme - up to £5,000 funding for homes and businesses to pay for property improvements to increase resilience to flooding, such as installing flood doors and raising electrics off ground level

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

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.

Listen here:

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.

CAAV launches new podcast

30 January 2020

The CAAV has launched a new podcast.

In the first episode, the Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV, Jeremy Moody, gives his analysis of the future challenges that farming businesses will face, how they should act now and prepare for change with the role of the Valuer as a trusted adviser helping clients through this. He also discusses some highlights of the CAAV’s most recent publication called ‘Reviewing a Business: An Introduction for Agricultural Valuers’.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The podcast is also available on Spotify here and will shortly be made available on other platforms including Apple Podcasts.

 

Environment Bill to be introduced into Parliament

30 January 2020

The Environment Bill is to be introduced into Parliament later today (30th January 2020). This "ground-breaking Bill will enshrine environmental principles in law and introduce measures to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive." Please see the press release for further details.

DEFRA launches new online resource for 'natural capital'

23 January 2020

DEFRA has launched a new online resource "to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our 'natural capital'".  The 'Enabling a Natural Capital Approach' (ENCA) resource is available on the GOV.UK website and brings together guidance, data, analytical tools and case studies to "help policy makers, businesses, landowners and public sector organisations make better planning decisions in order to protect and boost natural capital."

England's Environmental Bodies outline shared vision on tackling climate change

23 January 2020

The Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England have outlined a shared "vision" and practical actions to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies, in response to the Committee on Climate Change's "Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK" report published today.

RPA issues update on BPS, Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship 2019 Payments and 2020 Plans

22 January 2020

The RPA has issued a Press Release giving an update on progress with making BPS, Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) 2019 payments, as well as indicative 2020 plans for all of these schemes . The key points are summarised below:-

  • Almost 97% of eligible BPS claimants should have received a BPS 2019 payment by 20th January 2020 (overall worth of £1.69 billion);
  • £109 million of CS/ES 2019 payments made (more than double what was paid out by this time last year);
  • BPS 2020 application window, as well as CS and ES annual revenue claim window should open in March 2020;
  • CS application window for agreements with a 1st January 2021 start date should open in February 2020.

Beware dangers of telecoms masts

21 January 2020

Landowners are being warned of the hidden risks and responsibilities associated with having telecommunications masts on their land.

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is urging landowners to request information on radiation exclusion zones from operators of telecoms masts located on their land.

Though non-ionising, significant levels of exposure to the radio waves emitted by base stations on telecoms masts can affect health, requiring exclusion zones to protect people, says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV. With the roll out of 5G, these exclusion zones will be expanded significantly as the range of potentially dangerous radio waves is far greater than for 4G.

Although guidelines for these exclusion zones; set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP), are mandatory in the UK, mast operators are only required to self-certificate compliance when they make a planning application. The government does not require operators to give details of zones to those they affect.

The guidelines state that exclusion zones for workers and the public should be mapped by the operator. Exclusion zones are typically governed by the direction of the mast and the power being used, and are usually above ground level, with height exclusion depending on the height of the antennae. However, there is no requirement for operators to notify owners, site neighbours or the public of these areas.

“Usually, that means that nobody but the operator knows the areas in which people might be at risk and so cannot manage liabilities,” says Mr Moody. Ofcom, the industry regulator, has no duties related to exposure to electromagnetic field emissions.

When applying for planning permission for a larger mast, operators are only required to confirm the mast will comply with ICNIRP guidelines and do not have to disclose the exclusion boundaries; meaning that neither the owner nor the planning authority is able to assess the effect of the mast on buildings, land or other activities.

Furthermore, not even this declaration is required where the mast is within permitted development rights.  Similarly, where a mast is upgraded from 4G to 5G, the operator does not have to make this declaration or even highlight the increased size of exclusion zones.

For landowners, this means there can be unforeseen issues with buildings, which could be within the exclusion zone unbeknown to the site owner, potentially putting workers or visitors at risk.

It can limit the construction of new buildings both on the site owner’s land and on neighbouring sites, as an exclusion zone can extend beyond a site’s boundaries. However, the landowner and the planning office are unlikely to be aware of the extent of the exclusion zone.

“Landowners may also find themselves in a difficult situation whereby existing buildings are made redundant by exclusion zones,” says Mr Moody. “As landowners are not permitted to request the removal of apparatus from their land on these grounds, this could potentially cause costly issues whether sterilising the use of land or carrying liability.”

“In addition, providing a safe working environment for employees is a legal requirement of any employer, so any landowner with employees needs to take account of potential hazards for those working,” he adds.  It’s therefore important to obtain full ICNIRP drawings and site-specific radio frequency plans so that the exclusion zone can be understood and to comply with legal obligations.

“It’s also important to ask for information on any upgrades to the mast, such as from 4G to 5G,” advises Mr Moody. “Should an operator refuse to supply this information to the site provider, this should be cause for concern.”

Many older agreements passed responsibilities to the landowner, often without their knowledge, so it’s vital if negotiating a new agreement that landowners are aware of the issues. Terms should hold the operator fully liable for losses and claims arising from the mast, he explains.

Additionally, site owners may wish to stipulate contractual terms restricting the expansion of exclusion zones, require the site to be switched off for the landowner or others to carry out work within the exclusion zone and make operators liable for any necessary staff training.

“Landowners may be entirely unaware of the situations they are in, which could lead to all sorts of issues down the line,” warns Mr Moody. “It may be a shocking revelation to a lot of people and I would suggest getting advice and taking action if you are affected.”

Village Halls have received £1.2 million funding under Government Grant Scheme

21 January 2020

Village halls in England have received £1.2 million funding to assist with improvements such as roof repairs, refurbishing kitchens and creating new meeting rooms. This funding has been provided as part of the Government's Village Halls Improvement Grant Scheme which has a total fund of £3 million available. Applications can still be made for grants of up to £75,000 (20% of the total eligible costs of a project). Further information on applying can be found on the Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) website.

Agriculture Bill is a monumental step

16 January 2020

The return of the Agriculture Bill is a welcome announcement for farmers and the entire industry; giving shape to developing post-Brexit policy in England.

“This is a monumental moment for agriculture,” says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). “This passing of the Agriculture Bill will be our generation’s 1947 moment; where we have a life changing opportunity to review the national expectations of agriculture and set out the tools and support to achieve this.”

Notably the Bill has recognised the importance of soil quality as a ‘public good’ which can be supported by the money being moved away from Basic Payment. “This is a really positive step and we can now look forward to seeing how this will be delivered,” says Mr Moody.

“The new policies, moving more towards creating market in food production, land use and the environment, will open up enormous changes for the industry. However, many producers are focused on what will happen with trade and this is an area on which farmers should keep one eye with their own businesses in mind.”

The clear transition window for phasing out BPS from 2021 to 2027 means changes can be implemented sensibly.

“This timeframe is vital for farmers and their advisers to review their businesses, using the time to plan for the eroding of BPS, and handle and deliver the necessary changes,” says Mr Moody. “The budget for farming has been guaranteed for the next five years, but regardless of this, attention needs to be turned to business improvement and efficiency, skills and innovation investment, new enterprises and generational changes.

“Letting land out to the right people should be a key part of the changes we see under the Agriculture Bill, but we wait to see what the modernisation of tenancies will entail,” he adds.

Preparing for these changes is bigger than Defra and will involve all associated with the industry. “The CAAV is part of these changes and its members, as trusted practical advisers to farmers and landowners, are ready to assist in the complex discussion, decisions and actions needed on each farm as we make a new future,” says Mr Moody.

“This is the starting gun. Action and movement need to happen in the sector. The time of indecisiveness is over and now is the moment for change.”

 

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