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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.

Ash dieback found on three new host species of tree in the UK

08 August 2018

The Forestry Commission is urging people to report any suspected sightings of ash dieback by using the 'Tree Alert' system. This follows the discovery of three new species of trees and shrubs which have tested positive for ash dieback at Westonbirt Arboretum. Further details are available on GOV.UK.

Bank of England Base Rate Moves to 0.75%

06 August 2018

On Thursday 2nd August 2018 the Bank of England raised its base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%. This is the first time that the base rate has exceeded 0.5% since March 2009.

Environment Agency announces more flexible approach to water abstraction

03 August 2018

With the ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, the Environment Agency has announced arrangements to allow farmers to temporarily trade water allowances as set out in their abstraction licences. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

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.

DEFRA announces £45m funding for rural broadband

27 July 2018

DEFRA has announced that an additional £45 million funding is to be made available under the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

Conservative Party vice-chairs resign over Brexit plans

10 July 2018

Two Conservative Party vice-chairs, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, have resigned over Theresa May's Brexit proposals. This follows the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Further details are available on the BBC News website. 

Jeremy Hunt appointed as Foreign Secretary

10 July 2018

Following the resignation of Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary. The new cabinet is meeting at 10 Downing Street this morning. Further information is available on the BBC News website.

Dominic Raab appointed as Brexit Secretary

09 July 2018

Dominic Raab has been appointed Brexit Secretary following the resignation of David Davis.

CAAV Presidential Team for 2018

02 July 2018

At the 2018 CAAV Annual Conference and AGM in Edinburgh on 29th June 2018, the new Presidential Team for the coming year was elected. Geoff Coster of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Association was elected President; Geoff works for the Valuation Office Agency in Shrewsbury and is the first public servant to become President of the CAAV. David Brooks of Essex was elected Senior Vice President and Andrew Thomas of South Wales and Monmouthshire is the new Junior Vice-President.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent

26 June 2018

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill received Royal Assent earlier today and is now an Act of Parliament. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

DEFRA announces £5.7m funding for farmers affected by Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

21 June 2018

DEFRA has announced a new £5.7m funding package to assist farmers with cattle herds affected by Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). The funding is being made available under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) over a three year period. Please see GOV.UK for further details.

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.

Natural Resources Wales to invest £2.6m in environmental improvement projects

19 June 2018

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is to invest £2.6m in projects selected to "help meet the challenges identified under the four themes of reducing the risk from environmental hazards such as flooding and pollution; improving habitat management, biodiversity and connectivity; improving access to the outdoors and using the natural environment to support the economy and develop skills." Examples of the successful bids for this funding are given in NRW's news release.

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.

Natural England's Chair to retire in January 2019

18 June 2018

Andrew Sells, Natural England's Chair since January 2014, has announced that he will be retiring in January 2019. Further details are available on GOV.UK.

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.

DEFRA announces £5.3m funding for crop research

18 June 2018

DEFRA has announced that £5.3m funding is to be made available over five years for four agricultural research centres to "help develop new technologies and environmentally friendly production for farmers and growers across the country". The four research centres that will be undertaking this work are the John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research, University of Warwick and University of York. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

CAAV Website: Members' Area - Resetting Passwords - Use Email Address as Username

12 June 2018

CAAV members trying to log-in to the Members' Area of the website should note that log-in details used prior to 24th May 2018 will not work following an update to operational aspects of the CAAV website in response to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

'Login' details are now handled automatically within the website and need to be reset if they have not already been since 24th May 2018. Otherwise you will be unable to access the Members' Area of the website.

Click on 'Reset Password' next to the 'Login' boxes at the top of the home page. A 'Password Reset' email is then sent to the email address held on our members' database. Please click on the link in that email and enter the password to be used in future (it can be the same as the one used previously).

Once you have successfully reset your password, the 'Username' to login in future is your email addressnot your CAAV membership number.

More than 44,000 responses received for DEFRA's future food, farming and environment proposals for post-Brexit

09 May 2018

DEFRA has received over 44,000 reponses to its consultation, 'Health & Harmony' which closed yesterday (Tuesday 8th May). The consultation included proposals for the future for food, farming and the environment post-Brexit. Further details are available in the press release on GOV.UK.

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