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Electronic Communications Code Conference (Members Only)

11 December 2017

Due to adverse weather conditions it is understood that many people are unable to attend the conference today. The conference is still going ahead as planned.

New UK Chief Veterinary Officer appointed

04 December 2017

Christine Middlemiss has been appointed as the new UK Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO). She will take over the role from Nigel Gibbens who will step down at the end of February 2018. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Crick Conference - 16th November 2017

13 November 2017

There are still a few spaces left at this year's MCAVA Crick Conference this Thursday 16th at the Holiday Inn, Crick, Northamptonshire.

On top of the splendid line-up we have already announced do not miss out on the chance to hear Sean Rickard of Cranfield University take on our very own MCAVA member James Fulton in the annual Crick Debate with the updated notion Regaining control of agricultural policy is the best thing to hit it since the Agriculture Act 1947”

Please contact Jennifer Whitton jennifer.whitton@howkinsandharrison.co.uk to book your place

Bank of England raises interest rates to 0.50%

02 November 2017

The Bank of England has increased the Bank Rate to 0.5%. This is the first increase since 2007. Further details can be found on the Bank of England website.

CAAV member wins Farmers Weekly Award

09 October 2017

Congratulations to CAAV member Andrew Jenkinson of Robinson & Hall in Bedford, who has won the Farmers Weekly Farm Adviser of the Year Award 2017!

http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/fw-awards2017-farm-adviser-year.htm

CAAV office - Thursday 7th September

06 September 2017

The CAAV office will be affected by a scheduled power cut on Thursday 7th September whilst works are carried out to the power supply at the site. This will affect the telephone system and computer servers so we will be unable to deal with calls and emails between 9.30am and 2.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask callers to delay contacting us until later in the afternoon.

DEFRA confirms £200 million funding for Rural Development Programme

31 July 2017

DEFRA has confirmed that £200 million will be made available for schemes under the Rural Development Programme. The funding will be delivered via the Growth Programme and the Countryside Productivity Scheme and will be broken down as follows:-

- £30m to improve rural broadband
- £45m to help rural businesses grow and invest in new equipment; and
- £120m for projects that improve farm productivity

The first round of applications should open from today for funding towards reservoirs and forestry equipment. Funding for broadband, rural business support, on-farm food processing, arable and horticultural productivity and resource efficiency should be made available later in 2017. Please see the GOV.UK website for further information.

CAAV Secretary and Adviser warns of the impacts of Compulsory Purchase of land on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today

27 July 2017

The CAAV's Secretary and Adviser, Jeremy Moody, has issued warnings about the potential impacts of the Compulsory Purchase of land during this morning's (27th July) broadcast of 'Farming Today' on BBC Radio 4. To hear his interview, please go to the BBC Farming Today webpage (his interview starts at 10 minutes, 15 seconds).

Secretary of State Michael Gove sets out his vision for a 'Green Brexit'

21 July 2017

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, sets out his vision for the delivery of a "Green Brexit" in a speech to WWF UK today. His speech is available on the GOV.UK website and lays out his ambition in terms of future agricultural policy and support payments following the UK's departure from the EU.

Permanent RPA Chief Executive Confirmed (Members Only)

17 July 2017

DEFRA has confirmed today that Paul Caldwell, who has been acting as the RPA's Interim CEO since earlier this year, has taken the role on permanently. Please see the GOV.UK website for further details.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP becomes Environment Secretary in Cabinet Reshuffle

11 June 2017

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP has been appointed today as the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following the Cabinet reshuffle. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

CAAV Business Rates Conference: 14th June 2017

20 April 2017

The CAAV is holding a conference on Business Rates for Agricultural Valuers on 14th June 2017 at the Arden Hotel, Solihull. Full details and a booking form are available in the Events section of the CAAV website.

MPs approve General Election on 8th June 2017

19 April 2017

MPs voted this afternoon on Prime Minister Theresa May's motion for a general election to be held on 8th June 2017. It has been approved by 522 votes to 13, so will go ahead.

PM calls a General Election on 8th June 2017

18 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will move a motion in the House of Commons tomorrow (19th April) calling for a general election on 8th June 2017. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, any decision to call a general election must be voted on by the House of Commons. To go ahead, it will require a two-thirds majority vote. Prime Minister Theresa May's full statement can be viewed on the BBC website.

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered - Prime Minister's Statement

29 March 2017

Prime Minister, Theresa May, has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty earlier today which starts the formal negotiation process for Brexit. She made a statement to the House of Commons which can be viewed on the Parliament UK website.

Avian Flu: Further Case Found Near Redgrave, Suffolk

03 March 2017

A further case of the H5N8 strain of avian flu has been found on premises near Redgrave in Suffolk. Please see the GOV.UK website for further information.

Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 - Open for Nominations

03 March 2017

Do you know a farmer or adviser who deserves to be nominated for the Farmers Weekly Awards? Farmers Weekly is calling for nominations in all 15 of its categories. Anyone can submit a nomination simply by going to the Awards website at http://awards.fwi.co.uk and clicking on "Enter the Awards". The closing date for nominations is 30th April 2017.

The award categories for 2017 are:

AG STUDENT

ARABLE FARMER

BEEF FARMER

CONTRACTOR

DAIRY FARMER

DIVERSIFICATION

FARM ADVISER

FARM MANAGER

FARMWORKER

MIXED FARMER

PIG FARMER

POULTRY FARMER

SHEEP FARMER

SPECIALIST CROP PRODUCER

YOUNG FARMER

Applications invited for Board Members for National Parks and AONBs

27 February 2017

Applications are being invited for appointments to six English National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and the Chilterns and Cotswolds AONB Conservation Boards. The positions will require a commitment of between 1 and 4 days per month, depending on the appointment and while they are not remunerated, allowances may be paid. Further details are available on the Cabinet Office website and the closing date for applications is 22nd March 2017.

CAAV Office - No Emails Received on 23rd February Due to Powercut

24 February 2017

Now that power has been restored at the CAAV Central office following yesterday's powercut during the severe winds, it seems that any emails sent to one of our @caav.org.uk email addresses from 9.30 a.m. yesterday (23rd February) until around 8.30 a.m. this morning (24th February) have not been received as our server was down. Anyone who sent an email during this period should have received a bounce-back message. If that is the case, please do re-send the email to ensure it has reached us.

A new agricultural lease for Northern Ireland

13 February 2017

The CAAV and the Northern Ireland Rural Valuers Association (NIRVA) launched a model agricultural lease for use in Northern Ireland at a meeting of professional advisers, farming representatives, civil servants, bankers and others in Antrim on 1st February 2017.

The model lease is available from the CAAV and NIRVA as well as their members. To find a NIRVA member near you who can advise on the lease, contact the NIRVA Secretary at mstuart@abercorn-estates.com or the CAAV at enquire@caav.org.uk.

Further details are included in the attached press release.

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