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

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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...

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

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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...

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CAAV Note 220429: Air Quality - Property Estimates

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The Central Office for Public Interest (COPI) has updated its website using air quality data from Imperial College, London (ICL) to publish estimated data for three forms of air pollution for individual addresses. This note provides a revised summary of individual property's air quality estimates.

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CAAV Note 220428: England: RPA Helpline - May 2022 Weekends

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The RPA has now confirmed that its helpline is to be open from 8.30 am to 2 pm over both the weekends of 7th and 8th May and 14th and 15th May ahead of this year’s 16th May deadline for: Basic Payment applicationsentitlement transferssubmission of Countryside Stewardship and HLS revenue claims. Nonetheless, members are encouraged to contact the RPA’s CSC as early as possible....

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220428 UK: How to challenge the decision to list or not list a building

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The Government has published guidance on how to challenge the decision to list or not list a building. A review can be requested up to 28 days after the listing notification has been published. A review will only be carried out: if there is significant evidence that the original decision was wrongwhere there was a significant factual errorwhere there was irregularity in the listing processif there is significant evidence which was not previously considered about the special architectural or...

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220428 UK: Mandatory Housing Measures for Avian Influenza to be Lifted From 2 May 2022

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The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has announced that poultry housing measures imposed to contain Avian Influenza will be lifted across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 2 May. The Chief Veterinary Officers of all four UK nations have noted that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will remain in place across the UK. Similar guidance has been issued by the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland....

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Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

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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)...

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Jeremy's Blog 22nd April: SFI Requires Judgment

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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...

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CAAV Note 220421: Carbon Audits

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With growing interest in and pressure on emissions reductions in the agricultural and land management sectors, this note offers an overview of current carbon accounting practice. It is intended to provide some background to the need for and use of carbon auditing in the rural sector and to signpost members to other guidance and resources.

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Application Window Extended: Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital

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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

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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...

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CAAV Note 220421: England - Data, Mapping & Policy

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A recent publication from DEFRA provides an example of how data and digital technology may come to shape rural policy delivery and private markets in the future. This note looks at the background to the Living England project.

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CAAV Note 220419: Scotland - Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) - Slurry Store and Spreading Grant

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The Scottish Government has made an announcement on the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS). The scheme provides support to businesses to invest in equipment to reduce harmful ammonia emissions and reduce adverse impacts on water quality resulting from the storage and spreading of livestock slurry and digestate. This note sets out the details of the SACGS. The scheme opens for applications on 26 April 2022 and closes to applications midnight 01 June 2022....

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

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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...

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Scottish Residential Tenancies Consultation extended

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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.

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#38 – Renting homes in Wales – big changes coming on 15th July

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The long-awaited Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will be implemented on 15th July 2022. The Act will introduce new forms of contracts, replacing Assured Shorthold Tenancies, together with new notice provisions and enhanced safety requirements. In this episode, Rebecca Collins, Policy and Technical Adviser to the CAAV explains the key provisions of the Act and what managing agents need to be aware of.

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Lump Sum Exit Scheme: Guidance & Forms Published

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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

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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

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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...

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Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022

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The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 15th March 2022, with the note of 28th February 2022 outlining the key purpose of the Act. Agents who receive an 'information notice', which requires the provision of details of beneficial owners of property or other assets, must respond within one month. Failure to respond to a notice or responding with information that is known or suspected to be false is a criminal offence punishable by up to two years'...

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220404 Northern Ireland: Updated EPC Guidance for New Buildings

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Northern Ireland's Finance Minister has announced an update to Buildings Regulations guidance, taking effect from 30th June 2022 and requiring new buildings to have lower emissions. Developers retain flexibility on how to meet the requirements, with expectations for the use of low carbon technologies and increased air tightness for new buildings.

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