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Gove delivers speech at Oxford Farming Conference

04 January 2018

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has delivered a speech this morning at the Oxford Farming Conference. The full text of the speech is available on GOV.UK

A "Command Paper" should be published "later this spring" which should lay out proposed plans for future agricultural support, which will be subject to consultation. Mr. Gove has however set out a "direction of travel" which he believes should be about helping "land owners and managers to make the transition from our current system of subsidy to a new approach of public money for public goods over time."

He has confirmed that 91% of BPS 2017 claimants received a payment by 31st December 2017 and that BPS 2019 will be on the same basis as now. A new Chair is to be sought to work alongside the RPA's CEO to "drive further improvement."

He says that he envisages "guaranteeing that BPS payments continue for a transition period in England, which could last a number of years beyond the implementation period, depending on consultation." He goes on to say that, "During this time, we propose to first reduce the largest BPS payments in England. We could do this through a straight cap at a maximum level or through a sliding scale of reductions, to the largest payments first. After the implementation period, this transitional payment could be paid to the recipient without the need to comply with all the onerous existing cross-compliance rules and procedures ... This should provide every existing farmer who receives BPS payments with a guaranteed income over this extended transition period. That guaranteed income should provide time for farmers to change their business model if necessary, help to make the investment necessary for any adjustments and prepare for the future ... And, after that transition, we will replace BPS with a system of public money for public goods." In the subsequent questions session, Mr. Gove said that his proposal is that there should be a five year transition period post-BPS 2019, which would see BPS remaining in England until 2024 but with the introduction of a cap as laid out above.

In relation to Countryside Stewardship, he has stated that support will continue for Countryside Stewardship agreements entered into before the UK formally leaves the EU in March 2019 and that he "will ensure that no one in an existing scheme is unfairly disadvantaged when we transition to new arrangements."

In terms of future agricultural support, he has said that previous agri-environment and Countryside Stewardship schemes will be built upon to "design a scheme accessible to almost any land owner or manager who wishes to enhance the natural environment by planting woodland, providing new habitats for wildlife, increasing biodiversity, contributing to improved water quality and returning cultivated land to wildflower meadows and other more natural states." Additional money will also be made available for landscape scale collaboration. There should also be investment in "technology and skills alongside infrastructure, public access and rural resilience."

CAAV Office - Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year

21 December 2017

The CAAV office will close for Christmas at 1 p.m. on Thursday 21st December 2017 and re-opens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Industry calls for 'Gove guarantee' on agri-environment schemes

15 December 2017

The CAAV, CLA, NFU, TFA, FWAG, GWCT, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and the National Trust have jointly written to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Right Hon. Michael Gove MP, requesting some certainty for agri-environment scheme agreement holders that they will not be placed at a disadavantage when new schemes are introduced post-Brexit. Please see the attached press release for further details.

New Electronic Communications Code

15 December 2017

The new Electronic Communications Code is to take effect from 28th December 2017, Government has confirmed. The Commencement Order which will bring the Code into effect is expected to be published later today (15th December).

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.

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