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Farmers may appeal new NVZ designations until 31st January

05 January 2009

From 1st January 2009, the new Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) designations came into effect which sees an increase from around 55 per cent to 70 per cent of land in England.

Farmers however who wish to appeal a new designation may do so if:


  • the land does not drain into water identified as nitrate-polluted, and/or
  • the water to which the land drains should not have been identified as polluted (DEFRA website guidance)

    Any such appeal must be submitted by 31st January 2009. Further information and guidance is available on the DEFRA website.

    RPA releases SPS 2008 payment figures

    06 January 2009

    The RPA has today released updated figures relating to 2008 SPS payments made as at 31st December 2008. Almost 70,000 customers have received full SPS payments totalling over £960 million (59 per cent of the estimated total fund). Further information is available on the RPA website.

    Environment Agency confirms digestate from anaerobic digestion is no longer "waste"

    07 January 2009

    The Environment Agency has revised its guidance on the treatment of digestate from anaerobic digestion. It now confirms that where the only waste feedstock in an AD plant is agricultural manure or slurry, the digestate will not be classified as "waste" if it is used as a fertiliser spread on agricultural land. The full briefing note can be found on the Environment Agency website.

    Forestry Commission confirms outbreak of "sudden oak death" in the New Forest

    09 January 2009

    The Forestry Commission has confirmed an outbreak of the plant disease Phytophthera ramorum, commonly known as Sudden Oak Death, in rhododendrons in the New Forest. Please see the Forestry Commission website for the full press release.

    DEFRA launches new Food and Environment Research Agency

    14 January 2009

    DEFRA has announced the lauch of the new Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) with effect from 1st April 2009. Fera will incorporate DEFRA's Central Science Laboratory, Plant Health Division, Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate and the Plant Variety Rights Office and Seeds Division. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

    RPA issues Single Payment Scheme 2008 payments update

    14 January 2009

    The RPA has published further figures today which show that just under £1.1 billion of SPS 2008 payments (67.4% of the estimated total fund of £1.63 billion) have been made. Full payments have been made to just over 84,000 claimants, out of a total of approximately 106,500 claimants. Further information is available on the RPA website.

    European Parliament vote for pesticides reform

    14 January 2009

    The European Parliament has voted in favour of a new EU Regulation on pesticides and plant protection. The British government raised concerns that no impact assessment has been carried out to examine the potential consequences of the removal of some existing pesticides on the agriculture and horticulture industries. The proposed new legislation will now have to be adopted by the European Commission and is likely to come into force later this year.

    NVZ appeal deadline extended

    14 January 2009

    DEFRA has extended the deadline for submission of evidence where a farmer wishes to appeal a new NVZ designation. Farmers must still notify DEFRA that an appeal is being made by 31st January but will have until 10th March to submit supporting evidence. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

    HMRC website - new Capital Gains Tax pages

    16 January 2009

    HMRC have revised the Capital Gains Tax section of their website to make it easier to find the information you need. There are sections on property, trusts, businesses and shares, plus advice on self assessment. The new pages are part of a gradual overhaul of information on the HMRC website.

    RPA releases 2008 SPS payment figures update

    21 January 2009

    The RPA has published figures today to give an update on progress with SPS 2008 payments. The total value of 2008 SPS payments made is just short of £1.2 billion (73.2% of the estimated total fund of £1.63 billion) with in excess of 87,500 customers (82% of estimated total of 106,500 claimants) have received a full payment. Further information is available on the RPA website.

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