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England: Woodland Carbon Guarantee - Auction Round 5

The 5th round auctions of the Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme will take place from midday on Monday 9th May to midday on Sunday 15th May 2022. The application deadline to take part in the auction is 11:59pm on Sunday 24 April. More detail can be found on the Government website. Our website note of 22nd November 2021 provide some background to the scheme....

BPS Applications 2022

The Basic Payment Scheme application window opened today (Tuesday 15th March) for 2022. Applicants have until 16th May to submit a claim. Guidance for 2022 is available here.

Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

DEARA has announced that a support scheme will be opened in April for those pig producers who incurred price penalties on pigs that were outside contract specifications from September 2021 to February 2022. The funding is being provided in recognition of recent market challenges in the pig sector. In total £2 million will be made available. Eligible pig producers will be invited to apply through DAERA Online Services....

Jeremy's Blog 11th March 2022: Early Market Effects of Ukraine War

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th March 2022. The immediate effect in produce markets of Russia’s barbaric aggression in Ukraine is the removal of large stocks of grain and oilseeds, Ukrainian and Russian, from already tight markets with 160 carriers stuck in the Black Sea. Rising prices are then increased as buyers pay dearly to replace the supplies they thought they had, some with exposed market positions – a phenomenon also seen in oil and metals...

Farm Funding

DEFRA has published a collection listing the various available streams of funding available to farmers. It can be found online here.

Rural Payments Service Downtime

Work on the Rural Payments system will mean that will not be available between 5pm on Thursday 10th March and 9am on Friday 11th March.

Jeremy's Blog 4th March 2022: Ukraine Consequences

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd March 2022. “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.” A week ago, Russia invaded Ukraine unleashing an increasingly brutal assault against determined resistance in the breadbasket of Europe. The consequences, reaching far beyond Ukraine, are likely to echo for years. With the deaths, devastation and intended destruction of democracy and civil society, the early effects can...

England: CS Mid-Tier 2022 Support and Guidance

Potential applicants for the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier scheme can access support and guidance by booking onto an online clinic session. The sessions will be run in mid-March. Applicants should contact their local area team. Contact details and event dates can be found online....

Northern Ireland: Single Application Window

DAERA has confirmed that the 2022 window for the Single Application and the Entitlement Transfer Service will open on 1st March.Applications to the Entitlement Transfer Service will close on 3 MaySingle Applications must be submitted by 16 May to avoid a late claim penaltyThe last date for accepting Single Applications is 9 June See the full announcement for more detail....

Rural Payments Service Downtime

With essential maintenance work on the Rural Payments system this evening, Thursday 3rd March, it will not be available between 6pm and 7pm.

Neonicotinoids for sugar beet: emergency authorisation

The UK government has decided to grant an application for emergency authorisation to allow use of a product containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for the treatment of sugar beet seed in 2022. This is in recognition of the potential danger posed to the 2022 crop from beet yellows virus. The full details of the decision, as well as the conditions of the authorisation, are available here....

Jeremy's Blog 25th February: Manurial Value Pollution and Fertility

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th February 2022. Once land was farmable, the two great endeavours to improve productive potential were draining and ensuring fertility. The Roman author, Pliny, recorded the British marling land, still in the law if little done for a century. While fallowing cropped land, using manures returned fertility in mixed farming systems. Farming improvement came to be supported by the assessment of (once significant) manurial...

Ukraine Effects

Russia invaded Ukraine on several fronts early this morning. As well as larger concerns about global gas markets (with consequences for fertiliser), early financial reports see: Brent crude oil at $101 a barrelupward pressure on grain, soya and metal markets with concerns about the disruption to flows of commodities. Ukraine is a major grain exporter. Russia is a major producer of commodities as well as energy (while gas has been noted it is the world’s second largest oil producer) and...

Cyber Security Vigilance

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has encouraged UK businesses to bolster their cyber security resilience in preparation for potential impacts of the escalating crisis in Ukraine, with cyber attacks an identified pattern of Russian interference (such as the NotPetya attack in 2017 and the cyber attacks against Georgia. The NCSC has updated its security guidance, which provides useful information for businesses of all sizes....

Jeremy's Blog 18th February: A Green Bubble and Risks

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th February 2022. The chatter, energy and money intrigued by the talk of new environmental markets, as in carbon, can have the flavour of a gold rush in uncharted lands. Money and enthusiasm are pouring in but with considerable uncertainty about what can be bought and sold, what will have value and who will find that they carry risks when the mist lifts. Some may prove akin to the 1,350 tons of fool’s gold that Martin...

Lost Rights of Way: Registration Deadline Removed

It has been reported that DEFRA are to remove the 1st January 2026 deadline for members of the public to apply to register rights of way that are not featured on definitive maps. The right was introduced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and it is estimated that so far 41,000 miles of paths had been identified. Within the reports there is also said to be a new landowner 'right to apply' to divert or extinguish rights of way in certain circumstances. It is unclear how this will...