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Charities say £3 billion per year needed to support nature-friendly farming

19 September 2019

The National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB have said that at least £2.9 billion per year is needed to support nature-friendly farming in the UK post-Brexit; just under the current CAP UK budget of £3.2 billion.

The charities said:

"For decades, farmers have struggled within the CAP’s food and farming system that delivers little profit for their produce and few incentives to deliver positive outcomes for the environment. Once we leave the EU and these payments stop, alternative policies will need to be put in place in each of the four UK countries.

"The revised figure published today provides justification for re-investing the current annual UK CAP budget to help farmers and land managers to restore nature and tackle climate change on their land, securing a sustainable future for farming and helping the UK Government and devolved administrations to achieve their own environmental ambitions."

Brexit Business Readiness Events

16 September 2019

The Government is arranging Brexit Business Readiness Events across the UK to help you prepare, starting Monday 16 September. Join us at a free event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare.

The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help.

Register to attend an event at: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/brexitbusinessreadinessevents/

Further dates and locations will be announced as they are confirmed.

You can also view a typical event agenda and some Frequently Asked Questions at the address above.

Government announces £56 million allocation of farm funding across the UK

09 September 2019

Following recommendations made in an independent review led by Lord Bew which was looking at what factors should be used to determine the distribution of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 'convergence' funding, the Government has confirmed it will allocate £56.59m of new funding. This should address concerns around the formula used to distribute this 'convergence' funding across the UK so that it rewards land that previously received less CAP funding per hectare than the EU average. The agriculture funding for 2020-2022 should therefore be increased in Wales and Scotland, with Scotland receiving approximately £51.4m. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

Warning: More fake CAAV emails

29 August 2019

We have been told that emails continue to circulate which claim to be from the CAAV, asking members to verify their details. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS - they are not from the CAAV. Please ignore and delete them.

Best Practice in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (Members Only)

27 August 2019

The CAAV's Kate Russell will chair a series of seminars on Best Practice in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation this autumn in Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. CAAV members are entitled to a discount when booking before 9th September 2019 by entering the discount code CAAV820. Further information can be found at https://cptevents.co.uk/event/best-practice-in-compulsory-purchase-and-compensation-1

Warning: Fake CAAV emails

27 August 2019

There appear to be fake emails circulating which purport to be from the CAAV, asking members to validate their details for our database. These emails were not sent by the CAAV and members are advised not to respond to it. We recommend that members ignore the request and delete the email. 

HS2: Government to hold review of whether and how to proceed

21 August 2019

The Government has announced an independently-led review of HS2 to review whether and how the scheme should proceed. The review is expected to report in autumn 2019 in order to inform the "Notice to Proceed" decision for Phase 1, which is to be made by the end of the year.

Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

English water companies commit to planting 11 million trees by 2030

19 August 2019

As part of a wider commitment to achieving a carbon neutral water industry by 2030, English water companies have announced plans to plant 11 million trees over 6,000 hectares across England. Further information is available on the Water UK website.

Prince's Countryside Fund donates £50,000 funding to Yorkshire farmers affected by flooding

12 August 2019

The Prince's Countryside Fund has announced £50,000 of emergency funding to assist farmers and rural communities affected by the recent flooding in Reeth and Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire. The funding is being provided via The Addington Fund. Further information is available on the Prince's Countryside Fund website.  The Addington Fund is also working with Forage Aid to assist farmers whose livestock have been affected and are in need of forage and/or bedding.

£5.25m emergency funding for Whaley Bridge

12 August 2019

£5.25m of emergency government funding has been made available to assist local communities and businesses impacted by the recent flooding at Whaley Bridge. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Paul Maynard confirmed as HS2 Minister

09 August 2019

With Ministerial responsibilities now being clarified following Boris Johnson's appointment as Prime Minister, the Department for Transport has confirmed that responsibility for HS2 has returned to Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, who returns to a role he held previously.

£2.5 million extra funding for farmers working together on environmental projects

05 August 2019

The fourth national round of funding for the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund has opened for applications today. An additional £2.5 million fund has been made available for groups of farmers and landowners to apply for financial support to work together as a facilitation group to deliver landscape-scale environmental improvements over a three year period. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

RPA confirms Treasury-funded agri-environment claims paid

31 July 2019

Following the announcement made in June, the RPA has confirmed that the Treasury-funded payments for outstanding Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship annual revenue claims 2015-2018 have now been completed. For further information, please see GOV.UK.

Eustice reappointed as DEFRA Minister

27 July 2019

George Eustice has been reappointed as a DEFRA Minister. Having been a DEFRA Minister since May 2015, he resigned earlier this year over concerns relating to Brexit. Mr. Eustice replaces Robert Goodwill. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Prime Minister's statement on priorities for the government

26 July 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement in the House of Commons on the priorities for the government. The statement can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Teresa Villiers confirmed as new Environment Secretary

25 July 2019

Following yesterday's Cabinet reshuffle which saw Michael Gove become Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Teresa Villiers has been confirmed as the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Boris Johnson delivers first speech as Prime Minister

24 July 2019

Boris Johnson has delivered his first speech as Prime Minister this afternoon. The transcript of the speech is available on the GOV.UK website.

Boris Johnson elected as new Conservative leader

23 July 2019

Boris Johnson has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will take over as Prime Minister later this week. The ballot results were: Johnson - 92,153 and Hunt - 46,656. Further details are available on the BBC News website.

Education is crucial to agriculture’s future, says CAAV

11 July 2019

Education is crucial to agriculture’s future, says CAAV

 

Educating the younger generation and embracing technology will be crucial to safeguarding the future of agriculture in the UK, a group of professionals has warned.

The approach taken towards attracting young people to pursue an education and career in farming needs to change to ensure the industry can survive, said speakers at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ (CAAV) AGM on June 28. “The industry needs more degree-qualified people and highly skilled staff, as well as more continued professional development (CPD),” said Professor David Llewellyn, vice chancellor at Harper Adams University. “Solid professionals, able to deal with technology and leadership skills are needed in modern farming.”

There’s a huge shift happening in agricultural business management. “There does need to be a new approach to food, the environment, climate impacts and health implications, but we need to close the skills gap and bring the best and brightest into farming – this will be as important as the food we produce for the future,” explained Prof Llewellyn.

“With a demographic dip in 18-year-olds, agriculture needs to look at ways of improving skills but also attracting those into the industry that do not have a natural affinity to it. Productivity – and profitability – is driven by education.”

There also needs to be a comprehensive approach to education throughout workers’ careers, not just in the teenage years, he said. “Education and skills run together.”

Advancing technologies mean a number of jobs could become fully automated, including tractor driving, which might see a loss of jobs. But there’s also hope that automation might protect family farms, as technology could make smaller farms more financially stable. In addition, Prof Llewellyn believes co-bots, rather than robots, and labour-augmented automation could be the future. “New jobs could be created while leadership and management would need to be adapted.”

Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV, said it was vital to adopt technological advances, or risk being left behind. “If we don’t pick it up, our competitors will.”

However, one of the core issues is the management of land occupation – and the latest tenancy law review could be integral to moving land into the hands of the trained. “We need the right people on the land to do the right thing with it. It doesn’t matter where land comes from, but it does matter who it goes to.”

Younger generations perceive technology differently, which could be used to attract them into agriculture, said Prof Llewellyn. With Generation Z having never lived without access to a smartphone, it is essential that they are informed that agriculture is a technologically advanced sector in which to pursue a rewarding career. “We need to consider the attitudes of young people, because if we don’t adapt as an industry, we will not attract them.

“We have a national drive to get skills into the industry at the moment – through various channels such as AHDB and the NFU, with the idea to build a new professional agenda for farming,” said Prof Llewellyn. “So we can say to young people that agriculture is the industry they should choose, as it’s professional. Education and skills need to be front and centre to fulfil our ambitions for the future. If we don’t advocate the exciting advances in the industry, then we will lose out.”

New Part-Time Master’s Course in Rural Land and Business Management

11 July 2019

New Part-Time Master’s Course in Rural Land and Business Management

University of Reading

 

The University of Reading has now approved a part-time two year version of its Master’s course in Rural Land and Business Management which can be taken in conjunction with work.  It is now available for applications for September this year, subject to numbers. 

The course is aimed at those already working in the rural sector who want to improve their career prospects by further study on an RICS-accredited Master’s course (contributing to their record for the RICS Rural APC) that will assist preparation for the CAAV examinations.  

It is designed to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills they will need to further their careers, including economic, technological, legal and social concepts and principles.  It is to help develop a critical awareness of current problems and new insights with the exercise of initiative, sound judgement, and the ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

Those on the part-time course will study the same modules at the same time as the full time students, including:

  • Introduction to agriculture and rural industries
  • Rural property law and valuation
  • Strategic rural asset management
  • Management case studies in rural surveying
  • Rural policy and planning

The course includes a dissertation which is to be completed over the summer in Year 2.

As a part-time course, this will be:

  • over two years instead of one
  • require attending the University for one or two days a week during the 20 teaching weeks over the autumn and spring terms. 

That may make this particularly suitable for those within travelling distance of Reading.

All students will need to attend the induction programme prior to starting the course in September and the five day field trip in the summer of Year 2.

The tuition fees will be £5,225 per year for two years.

For further details, contact a.cropley@reading.ac.uk

 

Ecosystem services: more eco-babble or a business opportunity? BESS Internship Briefing Note

26 January 2017

The attached briefing note has been produced by Charlotte Parkin as an intern for the Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programme to inform both members and the wider public of the opportunities for payments for ecosystem services (PES) and the role agents have to play in facilitating such agreements.

The CAAV are grateful to Charlotte Parkin, Dave Raffaelli and Piran White for their expertise and time given in the production this note.  

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