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Owen Paterson appointed as Secretary of State for DEFRA

04 September 2012

Owen Paterson has replaced Caroline Spelman as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Cabinet reshuffle announced on 4th September 2012.

Wales appoints Chair for Welsh Single Environmental Body

02 August 2012

The Welsh Government has announced that Professor Peter Matthews will chair the new Single Environmental Body in Wales. This Body is to bring together the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission for Wales as a single organisation from 1st April 2013. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

CAAV Model FBT now available

31 July 2012

The new CAAV Model Farm Business Tenancy agreement, plus a Commentary text and Check List, are now available to CAAV members to download from the website.

CTS Online - service resumed

30 July 2012

The RPA has confirmed that following the issues being experienced with CTS Online last week and the shutdown of the system over the weekend, it is now fully functional. Further information is available on the RPA website.

RPA - Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online issues

27 July 2012

The RPA is experiencing issues with Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online. Even though CTS Online is working, any cattle information entered since the morning of Tuesday (24th July) has not yet been processed. The RPA is hoping to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Please see the RPA website for further information.

CTS Online unavailable from tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime

27 July 2012

Following technical difficulties being experienced with CTS Online, the RPA has confirmed that the system will be unavailable from 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday) with the aim of restoring the full service from Monday. For further information, please see the RPA website.

Badger Trust lodges appeal against High Court badger culling decision

20 July 2012

Following the High Court ruling on 12th July in favour of DEFRA carrying out the proposed pilot cull of badgers as part of their bovine TB Eradiction Programme, the Badger Trust yesterday lodged an appeal against this decision. They are seeking permission to appeal on three grounds which are detailed in the Badger Trust News Release.

£5 million in grants for dairy farmers

12 July 2012

DEFRA has announced that an additional £5 million will be made available under the RDPE Rural Economy Grant for projects which will increase competitiveness and add value in the dairy sector. The scheme will be launched in the autumn and further details are awaited.

High Court upholds DEFRA position on badger cull

12 July 2012

The Judicial Review in the High Court has upheld DEFRA's position on the proposed badger cull for bovine TB control purposes. At the time of writing, nothing has been posted on DEFRA's website, but more detail is available on the Badger Trust website.

CAAV AGM and Conference

29 June 2012

The 68th CAAV AGM and Conference is taking place in North Devon today (Friday 29th June). Having enjoyed an excellent dinner of local West Country produce on Thursday evening, members and guests are assembled at the Saunton Sands Hotel to hear a range of speakers on topical issues from planning reform to super-dairies. A more detailed report will follow in the next edition of the CAAV News Letter.

RASE Talbot Ponsonby Prize awarded for highest marks in CAAV examinations

29 June 2012

The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Talbot Ponsonby Prize has been awarded since 1999 to the candidate who achieved the highest marks in the CAAV examinations. This year's prize was awarded to Faye Gonzalez (N. Yorks and South Durham), with Douglas Jackson being the runner-up (Sussex and Adjoining Counties).

New CAAV Presidential team in place following the CAAV Conference and AGM

29 June 2012

The new CAAV Presidential team was voted in this afternoon at this year's very successful CAAV Conference and AGM held in Devon. The team for the forthcoming year is:-
CAAV President - Simon Pallett BSc FRICS FAAV (Berks and Oxon)
CAAV Vice-President - James O'Brien FRICS FAAV MCIArb REV (Lincolnshire)
CAAV Junior Vice-President - Michael Mashiter FRICS FAAV (Lancashire)

Fuel duty increase frozen

26 June 2012

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the proposed increase in fuel duty which was due to take effect in August will not now go ahead.

Boundary disputes

26 June 2012

A private members' bill which makes provision for the resolution of boundary disputes was laid before the House of Commons on 25th June by Dover MP, Charlie Elphicke. The Bill is due to be published before its second reading on 30th November.

RPA & BCMS telephone lines - intermittent issues now resolved

25 June 2012

The RPA iwas having intermittent issues with both the BCMS and RPA helpline numbers where some calls were getting cut off. This has now been resolved.

Changes to FiT rates to apply from 1st August

24 May 2012

The changes to the Feed-in Tariff rates for solar pv which were due to be introduced on 1st July will now come into effect on 1st August. Further information is available on the DECC website.

Drought status lifted in 19 counties

11 May 2012

The Environment Agency has confirmed that drought status has been lifted from large parts of the Midlands and south west England. Areas which remain in drought include Lincolnshire, the eastern counties, the south east and much of central southern England. Further detail is available on the Environment Agency website.

Effect of industrial action on RPA on Thursday 10th May

09 May 2012

The Public and Commercial Services Union is planning industrial action on Thursday 10th May which will affect the RPA. This is likely to cause disruption to normal services but in particular the RPA Customer Service Centre (CSC). It is hoped that the CSC will still be offering a limited service. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Milk price cuts

04 May 2012

Arla, Dairy Crest and Robert Wiseman have all cut their milk price by 2p per litre. The Dairy Crest cut takes effect from 1st May; the other cuts from 1st June.

DEFRA appoints new Chief Scientific Adviser

24 April 2012

DEFRA has appointed Professor Ian Boyd to be its new Chief Scientific Adviser. He replaces Sir Bob Watson who has been in the role for the past five years. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

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