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CAAV Note 211013: Scotland - FLS Corporate Plan Consultation

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Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is consulting on its draft Corporate Plan for 2022–2025. This note provides an overview of the Plan, as well as links to the consultation. The consultation is to run until 22nd November, with the approved Corporate Plan set for publication on 1st April 2022.

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#29 - Welsh Agricultural Policy: Next Steps

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With the Welsh Agriculture Bill now in sight, Jeremy Moody talks through its timescales and the next steps for the ending of Basic Payment and the introduction of the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme in Wales.

Jeremy's Blog 8th October 2021: Land Use and Planning

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 7th October 2021 Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday to the Conservative Party Conference is another step in the mystery of the Government’s developing land use policies – indeed of “levelling up”. The pattern is for his high level statements to be developed later by ministers. It could intend extensive land use change. After a paeon to the UK’s landscape of “untouched moorlands” and “broadleaf forests”...

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Soil Management Plan Guidance

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DEFRA has updated its guidance on creating and using a soil management plan. This information may be of interest to those land managers entering into the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot or considering soil and environmental management of their land. The guidance is available here.

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211005: Scotland - Rent Review Tenant Survey

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The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 amended agricultural holdings legislation and a new process of undertaking rent reviews was introduced. The Scottish Government commissioned research to seek the views of tenant farmers on the current rent review process. The main report and a summary infographic is attached to this note.

Jeremy's Blog 1st October 2021: The World of Farm Advice

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 30th September 2021 There is much discussion now about the need for farmers and landowners to be well advised. The need is clear with the scale of change and challenge for businesses and families: facing the withdrawal of Basic Payment in England and then Wales, with its prospective reduction and revision in Scotland and Northern Ireland. more commercial and changing markets and new technologiesthe effects of climate change...

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CAAV Note 210930: VAT - Increased Hospitality Rate

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As one of many measures taken in response to the pandemic, the rate of VAT for hospitality, accommodation and some leisure was cut to 5 per cent. That rate now rises to 12.5 per cent with effect from 1st October before returning to 20 per cent on 1st April 2022.

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CAAV Note 210930: England - Water Abstraction License Regulation - Consultation

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The Government has launched a consultation into proposed amendments to the regulation of water abstraction and impounding. The intention is to move the current regulation and management of abstraction impounding licenses from the Water Resources Act 1991 (as amended) into the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The purpose is to simplify and modernise the permitting process and to lessen the regulatory burden. See this note for more detail....

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CAAV Note 210930: England - SFI Pilot - Adding ex-CS Land

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The SFI Pilot scheme (applications close today) has been limited to parcels that are not in an agri-environment agreement. It has now been advised that applicants to the SFI Pilot scheme can add land that comes out of a Countryside Stewardship agreement, provided the land becomes eligible (the Countryside Stewardship ends) before the SFI agreement goes live. See this website note for more details.

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CAAV Note 210929: Gene Editing DEFRA Initial Response

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Responding to a recent consultation, DEFRA has announced that they intended to proceed with cautious amendments to the regulation of Genetically Engineered plants. This website note provides some background to the announcement and further detail.

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