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Green Gas Support Scheme Annual Tariff Review for 2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has called for evidence to support its annual tariff review of the Green Gas Support Scheme. For more details of the Scheme, see our website note of 23 December 2021. The call seeks evidence on biomethane anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and views on the biomethane market outlook from owners or developers of AD plant and others. Online submissions are due by 10 June 2022....

RPA Downtime: 24th and 25th May

We have been advised that the Rural Payments system is to be unavailable from 5pm on Tuesday 24th May to 9am on Wednesday 25th May. Users should not access Rural Payments during this time in which the RPA is making critical IT changes for SFI 2022. This is in addition to the regular system downtime which will be from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Jeremy's Blog 20th May: Housing

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th May 2022 Alongside food and energy, housing is part of “the cost of living crisis”. It poses a particular potent threat to the Government which, now with limited time to the next election, looks to answers for England in the Levelling Up and Renters Reform Bills. It may be disappointed as, having abandoned its recasting of the planning system, these seem to focus on symptoms, not causes. Pressures of prices, rents...

Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

At the Balmoral Show, Edwin Poots announced that the application period for a support package for pig producers in Northern Ireland is to open this week (w/c 16th May). The scheme, worth up to £2 million, will make payments to those producers who incurred price penalties on overweight pigs that were outside contract specifications from September 2021 to February 2022 due to the backlog situation on farms. Eligible producers will be contacted by DAERA, and will be invited to apply via Online...

Jeremy's Blog 13th May: Levelling Up Bill

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th May 2022 England’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill was published yesterday, the day after the Queen’s Speech. Already 338 pages, it covers subjects from English devolution to “Combined County Authorities” to the power to review RICS governance and pavement licences. With a mixture of complex provisions and enabling powers requiring later regulations to give them shape, most aspects will require careful...

Jeremy's Blog 6th May: Private Environmental Markets

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 5th May 2022 “Government has set an ambitious new target to raise at least £500 million in private finance to support nature’s recovery every year by 2027 in England, rising to more than £1 billion by 2030.” (Nature Recovery Green Paper, March 2022) Those are large and round figures. Where might this money come from and why? How might any of this be defined and monitored? The three major current topics each have...

Northern Ireland EFS Higher Level: Applications Open for 6th Round

Applications have opened for the 6th round of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Higher Level. EFS Higher Level provides annual payments to help bring designated environmental sites under favourable management. Funding is directed to areas such as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), and other areas of priority habitat. Applicants can review eligibility on DAERA Online Services, under EFS. Fields for each farm business will be marked as...

Jeremy's Blog 29th April 2022: Ukraine's War Further Market Effects

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 28th April 2022. In the third month of Russia’s gruelling invasion of Ukraine, its expected reverberations continue across the world, compounding already disrupted supply chains and gas markets. As a benchmark for world trade, the shipping company, Maersk, carrying a fifth of sea-borne containers, reports shipping volumes down 7 per cent over the last year but freight rates up 71 per cent. China’s severe Covid lockdowns...

Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

The Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) has now opened for applications. SACGS provides capital funding for businesses to reduce ammonia emissions and impacts on water quality resulting from the storage and spreading of livestock slurry and digestate. More background to the scheme can be found in our note of 19th April. The scheme is to close to applications at midnight on 1st June 2022. More detail can be found here: Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS)...

Jeremy's Blog 22nd April: SFI Requires Judgment

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 21st April 2022 England’s SFI 2022 opens in a few weeks as the initial SFI offer, using some of the limited funds so far taken from Basic Payment and mainly focused on the soils issues that can benefit both productive farming and wider public goals. The application process and other aspects are to reflect lessons from the continuing SFI Pilot with its exploratory role and wider range of standards. Further standards and...

Application Window Extended: Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital

DAERA have announced that the application period for the Tier 2 tranche 2 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital (FBIS-C) has been further extended to 4.00pm on 20 May 2022. More detail is available here: FBIS Capital Tier 2 application period extended to 20 May | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)....

Student Research: Experience & Impact of Land-Based Disputes on Rural Landholding Owners

We have been contacted by a student at Harper Adam's University, in relation to post-graduate research. The research's goal is to collate, analyse and share the findings from experiences of disputes, which traditionally are endured in isolation, to help the sector improve best practices. Participants should have experience from past land-based disputes or conflicts (ie they are no longer active disputes), of any scale of dispute, in any location, in one or more of these sectors: Rural land...

Jeremy's Blog 14th April 2022: British Energy Security Strategy

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th April 2022 The UK Government’s new British Energy Security Strategy, responding to the rising energy costs of the last year and now the Ukraine War, is better seen as a snapshot of work belatedly in progress, at differing stages needing more development and with much implementation to be done offering little immediate easing. Our energy networks have anyway been expected to come under pressure this decade as old...

Scottish Residential Tenancies Consultation extended

Scottish Residential Tenancies Consultation The period for responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on residential tenancies, A New Deal for Tenants, with its proposed changes to the law on private residential tenancies and its discussion of tied housing and housing in agricultural tenancies has been extended to close next Friday, 22nd April.

Lump Sum Exit Scheme: Guidance & Forms Published

DEFRA has now published the full guidance to the Lump Sum Exit Scheme: How to apply for a lump sum payment to leave or retire from farming - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The application form is available here: Lump Sum Exit Scheme: application form (publishing.service.gov.uk)The evidence form for land transfer and entitlement surrender is available here: Lump Sum Exit Scheme: Entitlements and Evidence form (publishing.service.gov.uk). Applications can be made until midnight on 30th September 2022. For...

Landscape Recovery: Q&A

In February, DEFRA opened the first round of the Landscape Recovery Pilot (see our website note of 1st February for more detail). To support potential applicants, DEFRA hosted a webinar, which is available to view online: Landscape Recovery Application Launch Webinar (Tuesday 1 March) - YouTube. DEFRA have now published the Q&A from the webinar online. Those interested in the scheme may find the answer to any questions on that page....

Jeremy's Blog 8th April 2022: Repricing the Economy

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 7th April 2022 We are re-pricing the economy. This is not simply the larger impersonal movements of global commodity markets but the actions of suppliers and buyers, as each adjusts to changed circumstances. How far does each hold their ground or press their cause? What business adjustments does each make? What new things become practical? What old things have to change? This is perhaps still more an adjustment to a “new...

Jeremy's Blog 1st April 2022: Commodity Markets

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 31st March 2022 “I used to think that if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or as a .400 baseball hitter. But now I would like to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.” (James Carville, Political Adviser to US President Bill Clinton) From the Chancellor to the supermarket and from the farm to the household, present circumstances and the last few months show...

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