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CAAV Note 210908: Environment Bill - Government Statements on Soils

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The Environment Bill is now entering its final Parliamentary stages. The first day of the Report stage was held in the House of Lords yesterday, including discussion of soils. An opposition amendment requiring that a soil health target be set was passed. During the debate, Lord Goldsmith spoke on behalf of the Government. Some of his comments are extracted within this note. It remains to be seen whether the Government might overturn the amendment when the Bill returns to the House of...

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CAAV Model Farm Business Tenancy (Wales) V.1(4)

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The CAAV model Farm Business Tenancy for Wales (for an initial term of more than 2 years) has been updated with some housekeeping changes. The template is available here as Word document (CAAV Model FBT Wales 0921 V1 4) with the previous edition as a pdf document showing the tracked changes. The model agreement is offered to members to adapt and modify to record the actual business agreement between owner and farmer and to suit the individual circumstances. Such adaptation is a matter for the...

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Jeremy Moody's Blog 3rd September 2021: Supply Chains

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 From the start of the pandemic, the Government’s concern has been to maintain contracts and activity in the economy. It has done so with measures such as the furlough scheme protecting employment contracts and grants and loans to tide businesses through. The resilience of the food supply chain passed its test last spring. As lockdown has eased, so the economy regained ground and unemployment stayed low....

CAAV EXAMINATIONS 2021

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We are now processing the applications for this year’s examination on 10th and 11th November and will be confirming acceptance to the good number of candidates who have come forward. For those who are also taking the RICS APC this autumn we are aware that an IT problem in RICS’ ARC system is leading it to slip its timetables including those for APC interviews. We are in touch with the RICS with a view to ensuring that there are no clashes for candidates. We will brief further as soon as the...

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CAAV Note 210831: England - Tree Health Pilot Scheme Opened

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DEFRA’s Tree Health Pilot scheme has opened today for Expressions of Interest and will be open all year. This three-year Pilot, handled by the Forestry Commission, is to run alongside the existing Countryside Stewardship Woodland Tree Health grants which will continue to be available until 2024. The Pilot’s role is to test and refine new elements intended to be part of the full Tree Health Scheme which is to start in 2024, covering all England. See our note for more detail....

Jeremy's Blog 27th August 2021: New Policies to Challenge Many

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 All parts of the UK are now shaping future agricultural policy. This week’s consultation paper from Scotland and policy framework from Northern Ireland follow England’s implementation of change and the Welsh Government’s confirmation of next year’s Agriculture Bill.Policies for climate change and biodiversity have increasing priority alongside wider environmental concerns and business performance. The...

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210827 England: Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme Awards

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DEFRA has announced the awards from the first round of the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme. Projects in areas including the South West, Lancashire and Cumbria and Greater Manchester have received over £16 million for peatland restoration. This is a first step to meeting the Government's target of restoring 35,000 ha of peatland by 2025. Currently, Discovery Grants available for organisations to scope sites and develop plans for peatland restoration, and the second round of...

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210827 Northern Ireland Forest Expansion Scheme

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DAERA has issued a reminder that the Forest Expansion Scheme closes on 31 August 2021. This scheme provides grant support for new woodland panting of 3 hectares or larger. Full details of the scheme, as well as other woodland grants, can be found on the DAERA website.

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CAAV Note 210827: Scotland - Agricultural Policy Update and Consultation

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This note reviews the recently published agreement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party, a Shared Policy Programme for Government; the appointment now of the Agricultural Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB); and the opening of an initial consultation on future policy - Agricultural Transition in Scotland – The First Steps Towards our National Policy.

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CAAV Note 210825 Northern Ireland Future Farming Programme

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This note reviews the recently published Future Agricultural Policy Framework Portfolio for Northern Ireland. This document lays out the planned framework for future support payments in Northern Ireland. A consultation on detailed proposals is forthcoming.

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