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CAAV Presidential Team for 2022/2023

The investiture of the CAAV Presidential Team for 2022/2023 took place at the AGM. The team comprises:Simon Alden (National President) Malcolm Gale (Senior Vice-President) Martin Hall (Junior Vice-President) Biographies of the Presidential Team can be found on our website.

England: Peatland and Woodland Decision Support Framework

The Progress Report of the Climate Change Committee, published on 28th June (see our website note), highlighted the work still needing to be done to increase woodland planting rates and restore peatland. One challenge is to identify suitable land for these activities. DEFRA, the Forestry Commission and Natural England have today published a Decision Support Framework for Peatland Protection, the Establishment of New Woodland and Re-Establishment of Existing Woodland on Peatland in England to...

Investigation of Suspected Case of Foot and Mouth - UPDATED

Update 30th June: Following further investigation, DEFRA has confirmed that Foot and Mouth and Swine Vesicular Disease have been ruled out, and the restriction zone has been lifted. DEFRA has announced that they are investigating an as yet unconfirmed case of Foot and Mouth in the Norfolk area. As a precautionary measure, an exclusion zone has been put in place. More detail - and updates - can be found on the government’s website. The CAAV will continue to update members....

Jeremy’s Blog 25th June: Private Residential Tenancies

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th June 2022 Somewhere, perhaps seven years ago, the wheel turned and Government thinking on private landlords flipped from respecting valued providers of flexibility in the economy to seeing them more as a problem. Increases in transactions taxes and the removal of Income Tax reliefs particularly affected buy-to-let, until then seen as a valid self-reliant alternative to pressured pension provision but now a mis-direction...

Scottish Government Biodiversity Strategy Consultation

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on a proposed Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy, which aims to have 'substantially restored and regenerated' biodiversity in Scotland by 2045, targets several outcomes on rural land, including the restoration of peatland, planting more trees and improving water quality. The CAAV will be reviewing the the strategy in more detail....

23rd June 2022: Supreme Court Gives Decisions in Code Appeals

SUPREME COURT GIVES DECISIONS IN CODE APPEALS The Supreme Court heard appeals in three cases under the Electronic Communications Code in early February: Compton Beauchamp - Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (Appellant) v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd (Respondent) Ashloch - Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (Appellant) v Ashloch Ltd and AP Wireless II (UK) Ltd (Respondents) “Queens Oak”/ On Tower - On Tower UK Ltd (formerly known as Arqiva Services Ltd)...

Jeremy's Blog 17th June 2022: Food Strategy - Farming Business

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 16th June 2022 The Government’s Food Strategy White Paper is better seen as it describes itself: “the beginning of this conversation”, largely focused on the production of food as a business. It may not cover all the social policy strands of last year’s Dimbleby Report and, while affirming the Government’s environmental targets, it was not the place for a full blown environmental presentation. Climate change and...

Northern Ireland: Forestry Grant Schemes

Edwin Poots has announced the re-opening of two forestry grant schemes for Northern Ireland:The Small Woodland Grant Scheme: support for new native woodlands of 0.2 hectares and larger.The Forest Expansion Scheme: support for native woodland, mixed woodland or commercial conifer woodland 'that can best meet land owners business needs whilst contributing to a living, working, active landscape.' Applications to the Forest Expansion Scheme must be submitted to Forest Service by 31 August 2022. All...

Jeremy's Blog 10th June 2022: Does Property Matter to Government

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th June 2022 The principle of equivalence has long lain at the heart of compulsory purchase compensation. Its inbuilt downward pressure encouraging resistance and so delay and extra cost for projects, George Osborne, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, put it to the Royal Economics Society only seven years ago that “We should change our outdated compulsory purchase regime. Both the LSE Growth Commission and Chambers of...

Jeremy's Blog 6th June 2022: Growth

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 1st June 2022 The argument that climate change will bring investment opportunities was sketched in this presentation, Why Investors Need Not Worry about Climate Risk, by Stuart Kirk, HSBC’s Global Head of Responsible Investment to an FT Summit – Turning Talk into Action to Hit ESG Targets – on 19th May. With that billed provocative title, he provoked and was then suspended from his job. Analysis shows banks, under...

Yorkshire Wolds Proposed AONB

Following an announcement in 2021 that part of the Yorkshire Wolds is being considered for designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see our website note of 25th June 2021), Natural England has now established a dedicated website for the proposal. The announcement comes after the Government's response to the Glover Report into protected landscapes (see our website note of 17th January 2022 for more background). As part of a process of consultation, members of the public will be...

Jeremy's Blog 27th May 2022: Food Security and Business Improvement

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th May 2022 “Food security” may have differing meanings but one theme at its heart it is to ensure that we have an efficient, competitive farming sector, resilient in the face of the many challenges coming. Improving productivity, achieving profit, is not an alternative to environmental improvement; each complements the other. Improved soil health and farming efficiency in using nutrients answers both economics and...

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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Rural Enterprise and Land Management BSc Dissertation Research: Questionnaire

The CAAV has been contacted by Lucy Cooke, a fourth year Rural Enterprise and Land Management BSc (Hons) student studying at Harper Adams University. Her dissertation is to explore the perceptions of Women within Land Agency. The research includes the collection of primary data in the form of this questionnaire. The link is available here: https://harper-adams.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/is-rural-land-agency-a-sustainable-career-for-women The questionnaire should not take longer than 15 minutes to...

Green Heat Network Fund Open

The Government has published guidance for the Green Heat Network Fund, which is now open to applications until 2025. Funding is available for feasibility and construction work for low and zero carbon heat (and cooling) networks. Alongside other application criteria, in rural locations, the threshold is for a minimum of 100 dwellings to be connected.

Jeremy's Blog 25th March: Food Security Issues

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th March 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has instantly removed a large supply of grain and oilseeds from markets immediately affecting prices in the already tight tail of the 2021 harvest. Forward markets seem to recognise that little may come from the Black Sea for the 2022 harvest. That naturally prompts discussion of food security though this means very different things in different contexts. From Joseph advising...

Jeremy's Blog 18th March 2022: Professional Work in Today's Market

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th March 2022. The immediate and multiple human and economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are reverberating around the world, further testing already disrupted supply chains and following the impact of the pandemic (still closing cities in China). With sharp movements in the prices and availability of gas, oil, metal and produce and consequent issues for fertiliser, there is much to consider in...

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