Exceptional weather allows for agreement adjustments

With the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency have made adjustments to some options for those farmers who have experienced difficulties. These include issues with failed establishments for Wild Bird Food Plots, Catch Crops and the capacity to allow grazing where there may be a fodder shortage. The […]

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by

What do we know about farm subsidies post Brexit?

The Agriculture Bill was published last week and now gives a clear idea of what the post Brexit policy will be in regards to the future subsidy regime and environmental schemes. In summary the Basic Payment will be phased out completely by 2028 and will be subject to reductions in payments in the interim periods. […]

Posted on September 17th, 2018 by

Living without Europe and Subsidies

Business Plan

Preparing for Brexit and the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme is causing businesses to rethink the way they have been operating. Many are focusing on finding efficiencies, diversifying into new areas or restructuring the businesses. So what are the opportunities for your business? Business Planning and Succession Having a five-year business plan of how […]

Posted on June 15th, 2018 by

New Countryside Stewardship Evening

Carver Knowles and Green Farm Seeds are hosting an evening on the New Countryside Stewardship Scheme Venue: Pardon Hill Farm, Prescott, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 9RD Date: Thursday 12th April at 5.30pm – 7.00pm The evening is aimed at farmers and landowners with Environmental Stewardship (ELS and HLS) agreements that are coming to an end in 2018 or […]

Posted on March 28th, 2018 by

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2017 ENTITLEMENT VALUES UP APPROX 7%

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has just announced the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme entitlement values in advance of the BPS 2017 Payment window which starts on the 1st December. As a result of both the exchange rate (set as an average over September) and a slight increase in value of the the basic and greening […]

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by