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NFU Publishes Future of Food 2040 Report

19 February 2019

The NFU has published The Future of Food 2040, a report which examines how changing trends on what we eat and how we eat it will affect farmers and growers in the UK. The report can be downloaded from the NFU website.

Countryside Stewardship opens for applications

18 February 2019

Key elements of the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme have opened for applications today (18th February). They include:-

  • Higher Tier;
  • Mid Tier;
  • the 4 Wildlife Offers; and
  • the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant

 Application packs for Mid Tier can be requested online via the Rural Payments service by 31st May 2019.  Higher Tier application packs must be requested by 31st March 2019 by phoning the RPA (03000 200 301).

The 4 Wildlife Offers and the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant can be applied for online using the Rural Payments service, but where it is not possible to apply online an application pack should be requested (by 31st March 2019 for the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital grant and by 31st May 2019 for the Wildlife Offers).

The application deadlines are as follows:-
- Higher Tier - 3rd May 2019
- Mid Tier - 31st July 2019
- 4 Wildlife Offers - 31st July 2019
- Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant - 3rd May 2019

Scotland: Rural Economy Action Group to ensure rural-proofing

15 February 2019

The Scottish Government has announced that a new Rural Economy Action Group is to be set up to ensure that rural policy is embedded in decision-making and to promote the rural economy. Further detail is available on the Scottish Government website.

Scotland: Free training events on Compulsory Purchase

15 February 2019

The Scottish Government has announced details of a series of free to attend training and networking events, for all local authority staff and members of SCPA, RICS, SOLAR and ACES, on the subject of “Delivering a Successful Compulsory Purchase Project”.  

 The training dates will be held at the following :

  • Perth 4th March 2019 @ Perth and Kinross Council City Chambers, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH
  • Edinburgh 25th March 2019, Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Attendees will hear from a number of experienced experts in the field of compulsory purchase and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops exploring various aspects of the process for promoting a CPO and estimating and negotiating compensation.

 To register your interest in attending one of these events, please email compulsorypo@gov.scot, and provide your name, job title, organisation, preferred training location, and your email address.

Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund Launched with Up To £1m Funding Available for 2019/20

15 February 2019

The first year of the Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)  has been launched, with up to £1 million of funding available for 2019/20. The funding is to support 'large-scale' projects to improve habitats, protect species and encourage increased access to nature. Scottish Natural Heritage is looking for 'innovative ideas' and has published a News Release around the launch of the fund. Further information about the BCF can be found on Scottish Natural Heritage's website.

Scottish Less Favoured Areas Loan Scheme Confirmed

06 February 2019

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has confirmed that nationally-funded loans of up to 90% of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2018 payment values are to be made available to eligible claimants, with payments starting April 2019. Loan offer letters should start to be sent from 1st March. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

National Farm Management Conference 2019

22 January 2019

The Institute of Agricultural Management's National Farm Management Conference 2019 will take place in London on 13th February 2019. Fellows of the CAAV are offered the IAgrM member rate to attend - a saving of £60. Simply complete the booking form as if you are an IAgrM member.

Details and a booking form are available on the IAgrM website at https://www.iagrm.org.uk/events/

The conference attracts BASIS and NRoSO points.

RPA confirms 93.4% of BPS 2018 claims paid by 31st December 2018

16 January 2019

The RPA has confirmed that 93.4% of BPS 2018 claimants received a payment by 31st December 2018. This equates to 78,787 claimants with a value of over £1.57 billion. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

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.

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