BPS 2018: CHANGES TO ‘GREENING’ RULES IN ENGLAND

bps update

  Here is an update to the Greening Rules for 2018 as the RPA have made some significant changes to the options available for Ecological Focus Areas. Ban on the Use of Plant Protection Products on Land Used as Ecological Focus Areas A ban on the application of PPP’s applies to land to be used… Read More

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by

113 ACRES OF LAND AVAILABLE UNDER A CONTRACT FARMING AGREEMENT – CFA AGREED

113 acres at Moreton Valence

Carver Knowles are pleased to have received instructions to offer approximately 113 acres of land to farm under a Contract Farming with Option Agreement near Moreton Valence. Offers are invited to be received at our offices by 12 noon on Wednesday 30th August to enable an anticipated 15th September agreement start date.   The land… Read More

Posted on August 18th, 2017 by

Brexit:  Where do the opportunities lie?

British resilience

For or against, most people have a view on Brexit and whether it’s going to be good bad or just ugly. There are some key areas farmers and rural business owners need to consider over the next 12-18 months to make sure their business is well placed and as strong as possible as we enter… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by

Welsh Farm Business Grant Now Available

The Welsh Government and Rural Development Programme has allocated £40m to a new Welsh Farm Business Grant. This is designed to help farmers reduce their carbon emissions, improve their resilience and competitiveness. £3,000 – £12,000 is available per farm business at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. The first application period is to… Read More

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by

Countryside Stewardship Now Open

    The 2017 Countryside Stewardship application window for Mid-Tier and Higher Tier are now open.   Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship offers 5 year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife.  Mid-Tier application packs must be requested no later than 31st… Read More

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by

Inspection Alert: Most common reasons for BPS penalties

inspection

Cross compliance rules need to be followed all year round and with Inspectors able to arrive at farms unannounced farmers need to be prepared to ensure they are not risking their Basic Payment. When it comes to farm inspections one of the most important points is to never refuse access. Preventing an Inspector from carrying… Read More

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2016 – LATEST NEWS

As many of you will be aware, the RPA have now launched the new Basic Payment Scheme application system on their Rural Payments Service. The system uses the “Siti-Farmer” software that Carver Knowles used extensively in 2015 for many of our client’s BPS applications. As a result of our understanding of the software we are… Read More

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by

BPS UPDATE

BPS update

As you will be aware, we are fast approaching the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application window for 2016. In light of this and of the difficulties experienced by the RPA for the 2015 BPS application this is an update on the current BPS situation. 2015 BPS CLAIMS The RPA estimate that over 70% of claimants… Read More

Posted on February 17th, 2016 by

BPS payments 2015

RPA TO START TO MAKE BPS PAYMENTS FROM 1ST DECEMBER   We understand that he RPA has confirmed that at least 30,000 claimants (35%) should receive their BPS 2015 payment when the payment window opens on 1st December. Inevitably this is likely to be more straightforward BPS claims that have required the least amount of additional validation… Read More

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by

Why you should refinance your farm overdraft.

refinance your farm overdraft

Are loans a better alternative than extending the overdraft? With poor farm gate prices across all farming sectors many businesses are feeling the financial pressure on cash flow.  Finance is generally tight and banks are not always willing to help. In the arable sectors yields were generally good, but commodity prices remain stubbornly low and… Read More

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by