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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.

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.

Ecosystem services: more eco-babble or a business opportunity? BESS Internship Briefing Note

26 January 2017

The attached briefing note has been produced by Charlotte Parkin as an intern for the Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programme to inform both CAAV members and the wider public of the opportunities for payments for ecosystem services (PES) and the role agents have to play in facilitating such agreements.

The CAAV is grateful to Charlotte Parkin, Dave Raffaelli and Piran White for their expertise and time given in the production this note.  

BESS Internship Briefing Note

CAAV Office Closure for Christmas and New Year

21 December 2016

The CAAV office will be closed for the Christmas break from Wednesday 21st December, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Letting Agents' Fees to Tenants to be Abolished

23 November 2016

The Chancellor has announced in his Autumn Statement that a ban will be introduced to prevent letting agents from charging fees to tenants, bringing England into line with the position in Scotland. The Dept of Communities and Local Government is to publish a consultation on the proposals in due course.

New Shadow Minister for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

11 October 2016

Mary Glindon MP has been appointed the new Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is the Labour MP for North Tyneside and has served on the EFRA Committee since 2010.

Government gives go-ahead to fracking in Lancashire

06 October 2016

The Government has overturned Lancashire County Council's decision on fracking, giving the go-ahead for Cuadrilla's site at Little Plumpton. A decision on the second Cuadrilla site is awaited.

CAAV meets Defra Ministers to discuss Brexit

08 September 2016

Jeremy Moody of the CAAV is meeting with Defra's Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, and her Ministers today (8th September) along with other farming organisations, to discuss the challenges and opportunities created by Brexit.

CAAV meets with Scottish Rural Affairs and Connectivity Secretary

25 August 2016

The CAAV has met today with the Scottish Rural Affairs and Connectivity Secretary, Fergus Ewing, in Edinburgh to discuss the implications of Brexit and progress with Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 payments. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

CAAV Young Valuers' Conference - 2nd September 2016 - BOOKINGS CLOSE TOMORROW (Members Only)

18 August 2016

Booking close for tomorrow (Friday 19th August) for the CAAV 12th Young Valuers' Conference taking place at the University of Bath on Friday 2nd September.

This is an excellent event which offers 6 hours CPD, drinks reception, black tie dinner and accommodation all for the inclusive price of £160 (inc. VAT). Don't miss out on attending this highly popular event for our younger members. This year the afternoon visit will take us to the Longleat Estate by kind permission of the Marquess of Bath and in the evening we travel to the centre of the city for the drinks reception being held in the Roman Baths, followed by dinner in the Pump Room.

The booking form and brochure can be found in the Events section of this website and we look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets are also available for non-CAAV members to attend the black tie dinner, so why not bring your friends?

Bank of England Base Rate cut to 0.25%

04 August 2016

The Bank of England has cut its base rate from 0.5% to 0.25% today, 4th August 2016. It is the first change in the base rate since March 2009.

Defra Ministerial line-up confirmed

19 July 2016

The final line-up of Defra Ministers has now been confirmed.

Andrea Leadsom is Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

George Eustice is Minister of State for Food, Farming and the Marine Environment

Therese Coffey is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. At the time of writing there is no further detail on her roled, but it is likely that she will pick up the natural environment and flooding briefs from her predecessor.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble is the Defra spokesman in the House of Lords with lead responsibility for biosecurity strategy, commercial projects, landscape and climate change adaptation.

Therese Coffey appointed as junior Defra minister

18 July 2016

Therese Coffey has been appointed as a junior minister at Defra to replace Rory Stewart, who has moved to the Department for International Development. Details of Dr Coffey's role have not yet been confirmed, but the post previously included responsibility for floods, the natural environment and rural affairs.

An Overview of the New Cabinet

14 July 2016

Following the appointments made by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, last night and today, the Cabinet has been confirmed as follows:-

  • Chancellor - Philip Hammond
  • Foreign Secretary - Boris Johnson
  • Home Secretary - Amber Rudd
  • 'Brexit' Secretary - David Davis
  • Defence Secretary - Michael Fallon
  • International Trade - Liam Fox
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Leader of the Lords - Baroness Evans
  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Gayling
  • Culture Secretary - Karen Bradley
  • Environment Secretary - Andrea Leadsom
  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Communities and Local Government - Sajid Javid
  • Northern Ireland Secretary - James Brokenshaw
  • Welsh Secretary - Alun Cairns
  • Scottish Secretary - David Mundell
  • Party Chairman - Patrick McLoughlin
  • Leader of the Commons - David Lidington
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Greg Clark
  • International Development - Priti Patel

New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

14 July 2016

It has been announced that Greg Clark has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in charge of a new Department which merges the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Responsibility for universities moves from DBIS back to the Department for Education.

Leadsom appointed as Environment Secretary

14 July 2016

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Environment Secretary, replacing Liz Truss.

Other appointments made:-

  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Grayling

Further Cabinet Appointments Made

14 July 2016

Following last night's announcements, Theresa May has continued to form her Cabinet today:-

  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Chief Whip - Gavin Williamson
  • Conservative Party chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Patrick McLoughlin

UK Interest Rates held at 0.5%

14 July 2016

14th July 2016: The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at 0.5%, despite speculation that they may have been cut.

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