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

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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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220317 Wales: Consultation on splitting of non-domestic property in Wales for valuation purposes

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The Welsh Government is consulting on the rating of non-domestic properties occupied by the same people and next to each other. Previously they received one rates bill. A Supreme Court ruling in 2015 changed this practice for a small number of ratepayers. The proposal is to reinstate the practice before the ruling. The consultation closes on 1st June 2022. See the Welsh Government website for the full details....

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SI 2022/217 The Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (England) Order 2022

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SI 2022/217 The Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (England) Order 2022 amends the definition of domestic property for the purposes of non-domestic rating under Part 3 of the 1988 Act with effect from 1st April 2023. It provides that a property is not domestic property if the owner intends to let it commercially as self-catering accommodation for short periods totalling 140 days or more. With the conditions that the property:must have been available to let in the same way for...

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England: Woodland Carbon Guarantee - Auction Round 5

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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....

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BPS Applications 2022

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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.

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CAAV Note 220314: England: FETF - Suggestions of Items

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DEFRA is now reviewing the list of items available for grant funding ahead of the second round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and is asking which of the items relating to productivity and slurry management should be considered for: adding to the list, contributing to at least once of the aims aboveremoval from the listwhich specifications need to be updated. Animal Health Items – Suggestions relevant to animal health are also invited, to be made by 22nd March. This note...

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Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

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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....

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

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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...

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Ukrainian Farmers Appeal

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The Association of Farmers and Private Landowners of Ukraine has issued an international call to support Ukraine. We have published the document below.

Farm Funding

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

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CAAV Note 220309: AHDB Changes

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At the end of last year, the government opened a consultation on proposed legislative reforms to the AHDB (see our webnote of 17th November 2021). The consultation followed a 2018 call for views on the future of the AHDB (see our webnote of 21st April 2020). The Government has published a summary of the responses to the 2021–22 consultation, along with details of series of action that are to be taken now. This note looks at the announcements....

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220307: Charities Act 2022

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The Charities Act 2022 was enacted on 24th February 2022. Our website note of 12th May 2021 provided a briefing on the details of the then Charities Bill noting: Charities Bill (England and Wales)The Bill is to include:“Giving charities more flexibility to obtain tailored advice when they sell land, andremoving unnecessary administrative burdens”.This is understood to refer to the Government’s recent acceptance of the Law Commission’srecommendation that charities can instruct Fellows...

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220307 Wales: Consultation on the Definition of Non-Domestic Property for Rating Purposes

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The Welsh Government are seeking views on the Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (Wales) Order 2022. To be liable for non-domestic rates self-catering accommodation has to be actually let and available to let for a set period of time. The Draft Order proposes to: Raise the number of days the property must be let from 70 to 182 daysRaise the number of days the property must be available from 140 to 252 days The consultation closes on 12th April 2022. Find the...

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Rural Payments Service Downtime

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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.

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220307: Finance Act 2022

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The Finance Act 2022 was enacted on 24th February 2022. Our website note of 27th October 2021 - Budget and Spending Review Autumn 2021, provides briefing on the details of the Finance Act 2022.

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220307 Wales: Guidance on the new Woodland Creation Planning Scheme

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The Welsh Government has introduced the new Woodland Creation Planning Scheme to replace the Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme The following guidance has been published on the Woodland Creation Planning Scheme:rules bookletusing RPW online to apply The scheme offers grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to develop plans for new woodland creation. There is currently an available budget of £500,000 for claims made by 31 March 2023. Plans must be verified by Natural Resources Wales to receive...

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SI 2022/66 The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2022

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These regulations further extend the “emergency period” and “extended period” for listed building consent under the Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas (Scotland) Act 1997. Under the regulations “emergency period” which began on 27th May 2020 would end at the end of 31st March 2022 and the “extended period” which began on 27th May 2020 would end at the end of 30st September 2022.

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CAAV Note 220306: Ukraine and World Markets Update

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This note provides further analysis of the effects of the war, with advice to members regarding Cyber Security and also covering: 1. General Update2. Agricultural Markets Update3. Red Diesel and CAAV Costing of Operations4. Russian Property in the UK5. Northern Ireland Protocol6. The UIMF Summary

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Jeremy's Blog 4th March 2022: Ukraine Consequences

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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

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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

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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

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

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CAAV Note 220303: Northern Ireland - Climate Change Bill (No. 2) & Emissions Reduction Targets

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A previous amendment to the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No. 2) had accelerated the rate of emissions reduction for Northern Ireland, by bringing forward the target date for net zero to 2050 (see our note of 3rd February for more detail). A new amendment has been accepted that would create an exemption for methane emissions, with a reduced target. This note provides some background....

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CAAV Note 220303: Ukraine - Appeal Sites

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Recent meetings have seen discussion of how members could give support to Ukraine. Concerned that some requests for funds may be e-mail scams or fraud, this note lists some major UK appeal sites and those recognised by the Ukraine Institute in London.

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CAAV Note 220303 England - BNG & NSIPs

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The Government are currently consulting on the implementation of Biodiversity Net Gain in England, for developments including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. This note looks as the proposals that relate to NSIPs. We have previously published a note on the proposals for development under the Town and Country Planning Act....

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220303 England: Free advice for farmers and land managers

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Farmers and land managers who get the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England are eligible to get free advice on a range of matters including: understanding how farming in England is changingidentifying how you could change your business, what you will need to do and whenadapting to changes and get tailored support. For more detail, see the GOV.uk website....

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Neonicotinoids for sugar beet: emergency authorisation

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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....

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CAAV Note 220226: Ukraine - Early Consequences

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Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this note largely considers issues for global food markets and prices with supplies, exports and shipping – as well as the visa extensions for Ukrainians in the UK.

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CAAV Note 220228: Economic Crime

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At least two Bills are now expected to be published as part of the wave of financial and trade sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. This note provides a brief background to both.

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

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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...

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220224 Wales: Updated Single Application Form Guidance 2022

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The Welsh Government has updated the following guidance for Single Application Form (SAF) for Basic Payment Scheme 2022:Single Application Form (SAF) 2022: rules bookletSingle Application Form (SAF) 2022: young farmer or new entrant status certificateSingle Application Form (SAF) 2022: using RPW online to apply...

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Ukraine Effects

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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...