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Welsh Government announces over £2m to support the red meat sector

18 June 2018

The Welsh Government has announced that £2.15m funding will be made available from its £50m EU Transition Fund to support the development of the red meat sector in Wales to ensure farmers are "in a better position to trade profitably following Brexit". Please see the Welsh Government website for further details.

Water companies to invest £5 billion to benefit the natural environment

18 June 2018

Water companies are being challenged by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to invest up to £5 billion in the natural environment from 2020 to 2025 under measures set out by the Environment Agency in the Water Industry Natural Environment Programme (WINEP). Further details are available on GOV.UK.

Use BPS time window for change, says CAAV

12 September 2018

Press release

12 September 2018

 

Use BPS time window for change, says CAAV

The new Agriculture Bill has fired a starting gun for England’s farmers to manage post-Brexit change, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Farmers have been awaiting details on what post-Brexit policy and payments will look like – and now they know, they should act, says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV. “We have been given a clear timeframe for the complete removal of BPS for English farmers.  BPS is to be phased out from 2021 to 2027 and then it will be gone. That gives a time window in which farmers and their advisers should review their businesses, consider how best to handle the likely erosion of margins, and deliver the necessary changes.”

Based on his own calculations, Mr Moody expects BPS to be cut by 5% in 2021, with those receiving larger payments seeing cuts of up to 25%, with further phasing out thereafter (see table). “This will release money for new land management schemes – although environmental payments will not replace that loss in margins.”

Farmers therefore need to plan ahead, whether to control costs or change enterprise, embrace innovation and new technology, make new investments, win planning permissions, manage succession, exploit assets, add value or improve marketing. 

“Leaving it too late will see the business on the receiving end of change, not managing it,” explains Mr Moody. “The task is to find how best the business and the family can achieve and retain a financial margin in a more commercial and challenging world.”

Some of the money removed from BPS will go towards grants to help farmers become more efficient and productive, but there will be a limited time window in which they can be claimed. Defra has also confirmed that payments will no longer be linked to active farming – enabling retirement and freeing up land for change.

“While we inevitably await much detail, the Government has now clearly stated the direction of travel and a timetable for the progressive loss of BPS,” says Mr Moody. “With that knowledge, farmers now need to drive change in their businesses, with the support of professional advisers over a sensible time frame. After a period of great uncertainty, they can now lay solid and effective foundations for the future profitability of farming and rural land use, replacing income support with improved commercial viability.”

 

Table – Likely changes in BPS, based on CAAV calculations

2020 Payment

£15,000

£30,000

£50,000

£80,000

£120,000

£250,000

2021

£14,250

£28,250

£46,500

£70,500

£102,500

£201,500

2022

£12,200

£24,400

£39,900

£60,400

£87,900

£172,700

2023

£10,200

£20,400

£33,200

£50,400

£73,200

£143,900

2024

£8,150

£16,300

£26,600

£40,300

£58,600

£115,100

2025

£6,100

£12,200

£19,900

£30,200

£43,900

£86,400

2026

£4,100

£8,200

£13,300

£20,100

£29,300

£57,600

2027

£2,000

£4,100

£6,700

£10,000

£14,700

£28,800

2028

£0

£0

£0

£0

£0

£0

 

 

About the CAAV

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is a specialist professional body representing, qualifying and briefing over 2700 members practising in a diverse range of agricultural and rural work throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

CAAV members are agricultural and rural valuers who provide professional advice and valuation expertise on issues affecting the countryside from tenancy matters to sales and purchase of farms and land, from taxation and compulsory purchase to auctioneering, and from conservation issues to farming structures.

We are always happy to speak to the press – if you have any queries please contact Olivia Cooper, partner at Agri-hub PR services, on 01392 840009 or email Olivia@agri-hub.co.uk.

 

Tips on completing a Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier application

10 August 2018

With only three weeks until the Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier 2018 application deadline, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives some pointers for applicants in this week's Farmers Weekly.

Scotland confirms LFASS to continue in 2019

21 June 2018

The Scottish Government has stated that support under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) will continue into 2019 in plans laid out in its post-Brexit transition consultation. It would be paid at 80% of the current rates. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Recharging Rural Report

30 July 2018

The Prince's Countryside Fund and Scotland's Rural College have published "Recharging Rural", a report on the views of those living and working in remote rural communities. A key concern of many communities was the need for investment into transport and digital infrastructure to help them become more viable.

The report can be downloaded from the Prince's Countryside Fund website.

Prime Minister updates House of Commons on Brexit negotiations

15 November 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has updated the House of Commons on progress with the Brexit negotiations. Please see the GOV.UK website for the Prime Minister's statement.

Prime Minister to meet devolved administrations to discuss EU exit negotiations

14 March 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet with the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, together with representatives from the Northern Ireland Civil Service, later today to discuss the EU exit negotiations and the EU Withdrawal Bill in relation to devolved powers. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Prime Minister holds press conference at 10 Downing Street

15 November 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has held a press conference in 10 Downing Street and her statement is available on GOV.UK.

Pilot Forestry Investment Zone launched in Cumbria

18 October 2018

A new pilot Forestry Investment Zone has been launched in Cumbria today. The pilot is to run for two years and "will be used as a test-case for rolling out the initiative more widely around the country". Please see GOV.UK for further information.

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