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Scotland to streamline forestry grant process post-Brexit

10 January 2019

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has announced two initiatives to streamline the foresty grants process during a debate today in the Scottish Parliament on Future Rural Policy and Support in Scotland. The initiatives are:-

1) to review the current process for forestry grant applications; and

2) to review the Forestry Grant Scheme to allow more "small landowners" to access financial support for tree planting and woodland creation.

Further information is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.

£5m funding announced to eradicate sheep scab in Wales

08 January 2019

The Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced that £5m of Rural Development Programme funding is to be made available to help eradicate sheep scab in Wales. A news release is available on the Welsh Government website.

Gove delivers speech at Oxford Farming Conference 2019

03 January 2019

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has delivered a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference 2019. The full text of the speech is available on GOV.UK.

Environment Secretary publishes draft clauses on environmental principles and governance

19 December 2018

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has published draft clauses on environmental principles and governance which are to form part of the Environment Bill due to be introduced in 2019. Further details are available in DEFRA's press release.

New On-line Option For Subscription Renewal

19 December 2018

The 2019 subscription renewal demands are being sent out with the December News Letter.

The continuing development of the CAAV’s website now allows members to pay their subscriptions on-line, using credit or debit cards through the Members’ Area of the CAAV website.   As with other purchases on the website, payment is made through the secure facility provided by Sage Pay – no card details are held on the CAAV website.

This is an additional option, alongside payment by bank transfer and by cheque.

The facility to pay subscriptions on-line is to be available from 1pm today, Wednesday 19th December when members who have not paid the 2019 subscription will, on logging into the Members’ Area, see a screen inviting them to do so.

The procedure for renewing a subscription on-line is:

  1. Go to the CAAV website
  2. If not logged in automatically, log in to see to the Members’ Area 
  3. Once logged in and if the CAAV has not already received your subscription, a message will appear to prompt you to renew your membership
  4. Your 2019 subscription fee will appear in a box on the right hand side of the screen.
  5. Check the amount shown on the screen.
  6. To pay - Click on “Add to Basket”
  7. Then - Click on “Checkout”
  8. Follow the payment instructions on the screen.
  9. You will be asked if you are a qualified member of the RICS and complying with its regulatory requirements. This is to assist the CAAV with monitoring professional standards.
  10. Once your payment has been successfully completed you will receive an e-mail with a receipted invoice.

The screen prompt to pay does not block further access to the Members’ Area of the website which remains freely available to members

However, and as for many years, a late payment increase applies to most subscriptions that are not paid by the end of January.  All renewed subscriptions are due by February 28th.  Members who have not paid by then will cease to have access to the Members’ Area of the website or receive the News Letter and publications.

Farmers clear of bovine TB for 6 years can revert to annual testing

18 December 2018

DEFRA has confirmed that farmers in parts of the bovine TB Edge area who remain clear of bovine TB for at least six years will be allowed to revert to annual testing, rather than six-monthly testing. This change is to take effect from May 2019. A press release is available on GOV.UK.

Gove launches new Resources and Waste Strategy

18 December 2018

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has launched a new Resources and Waste Strategy. A news release is available on GOV.UK which gives further details and has a link to the Strategy document.

CAAV Examinations – Results for 2018

17 December 2018

17th December 2018

The 2018 CAAV examination results are being sent out to candidates today. 

We are pleased to welcome 83 new Fellows, a very similar number to the 84 who achieved the FAAV qualification to last year.  With a higher than average pass rate, average marks in all parts of the examinations are consistent with previous years.

We congratulate all who have been successful this year and offer best wishes for next year to those who passed part only or failed.  Those wanting a feedback session on the Written part should contact the Secretariat and for the Practical/Oral part, the local examination convenor.

We thank the examination convenors, examiners and all who have helped for their work and commitment in this important part of the CAAV’s life and future.  

We will, as every year, be reviewing this year’s examinations and the lessons to be learnt for future examinations at our January Examinations Conference to keep this key rural professional qualification up to date.

First Minister for Wales announces new cabinet

14 December 2018

The new First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, has announced his cabinet which sees Lesley Griffiths remain as Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Full details of the cabinet are available on the Welsh Government website.

Over 95% of BPS 2018 payments made to Welsh farmers

11 December 2018

Since the BPS 2018 payment window opened on Monday 3rd December, over 95% (14,700) of Welsh BPS 2018 claimants have been paid either a BPS 2018 payment or a loan payment. Please see the Welsh Government website for further details.

Additional £80m Rural Development Programme funding announced in Wales

11 December 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed additional funding will be made available under the Rural Development Programme as follows:-

  • £62.9m for the extension of Glastir Advanced, Commons and Organic contracts to 2021
  • Additional application round of Glastir Small Grants
  • £16m for the Sustainable Production Grant
  • Continued support under the Farm Business Grant

Please see the Welsh Government website for the news release.

BPS 2018 payments made to more than 65% of English claimants

06 December 2018

The RPA has confirmed that BPS 2018 payments were made to 55,179 claimants (over 65%) on Monday 3rd December. The RPA says it is "on track" to pay at least 90% of claimants by 31st December 2018. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Marian Spain takes over as Natural England's Interim Chief Executive

04 December 2018

Following the departure in November of Natural England's CEO, James Cross, an Interim Chief Executive, Marian Spain, has taken over this week. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

EU Withdrawal Agreement approved by EU leaders

25 November 2018

The EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU have been approved by the 27 EU leaders at a special meeting of the European Council today (25th November 2018). This now needs to be voted on by the UK Parliament, which is expected to take place in early December 2018.

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.

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.

James Cross steps down as Natural England's CEO

09 November 2018

James Cross has stepped down today from his role as Natural England's Chief Executive and Marian Spain, an existing Natural England Board member, will be taking over as interim Chief Executive "shortly". Further details are given on GOV.UK.

Changes to valuation of in-calf cattle for TB compensation in Wales take effect today

01 November 2018

In September, the Welsh Government announced that there would be changes to the valuation of in-calf cattle in Wales for TB compensation. Those changes take effect from today (1st November 2018) and mean that written proof of Pregnancy Diagnosis will now be required when cattle are being valued. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

CAAV supports anti-money laundering Flag It Up campaign

26 October 2018

The CAAV is lending its support to the Government's campaign to raise awareness of anti-money laundering requirements for those involved in property sales and purchases. The Flag It Up campaign will help professionals involved in property sales to identify suspicious activity which may be connected to money laundering and to report it to the authorities.

Further information can be found in the Government press release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-campaign-to-prevent-properties-bought-with-dirty-money

Gove announces new funding for pollinator habitat mapping

25 October 2018

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, is launching a new £60,000 fund today (25th October) to "develop and test pollinator habitat mapping". Funding is also being provided to two projects to create pollinator-friendly landscapes: The Bumblebee Conservation Trust's "West Country Buzz" project in North Devon and The Martin Down farmer "Super Cluster" in Hampshire. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

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