Farming Rules for Water

On the 2nd April the new DEFRA requirements “Farming Rules for Water” will be introduced. These are supported by legislation in the form of The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Pollution (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/151). This comes from the EU Water Framework Directive which seeks to “set a baseline of good practice across the… Read More

Posted on March 14th, 2018 by

Small grants for farmers

Grant funded dairy improvements

The Rural Payments Agency has introduced its Small Grant Scheme under the Countryside Productivity programme and the application window is now open. The grant is part of the Rural Development Programme for England and gives grant funding towards for specific pieces of agricultural equipment which are targeted at improving efficiency, welfare and resource management. The… Read More

Posted on February 27th, 2018 by

Embracing Brexit – Pershore Conference 2018

Once again Ray and the team at Upton and Pershore NFU had pulled together a diverse panel to discuss the challenges faced by Brexit and what should be done to embrace the change. The event was attended by over 120 farmers from the local area. The first speaker of the evening was Ali Capper whoi… Read More

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by

The new Electronic Communications Code – What do property owners need to know?

mobile phone mast

The Government introduced the new Electronic Communications Code within the Digital Economy Act 2017 and it came into force on the 28th December 2017. The “new Code” will apply to both new agreements and agreement renewals going forward. The new Code provides some significant reforms generally in favour of operators compared to the previous regime. In… Read More

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

Embracing Brexit at The Pershore Conference

Brand power

Carver Knowles at delighted to support the Pershore and Upton upon Severn Branch of the NFU for their annual conference at Pershore College on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm.   The annual conference, organised by NFU group secretary Ray Foster-Morrison, has a host of quality speakers to discuss and debate the theme of ”… Read More

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by


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… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by


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

Farm finance for dairy farmers – Is yours the best deal?

Farm finance for dairy farmers

  Over the last twelve months of low prices it seems the dairy industry is starting to recover and many farmers remain optimistic with the current milk price. If you are looking to invest to move your business forwards, make sure your farm finance is the best possible value with least hassle. The AMC offers… Read More

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by

Why improve the farm business balance sheet?

  As AMC Agents we often wonder why the property valuation in the balance sheet is so out of date and generally very low.  Historically the reason has come down to the cost of constantly updating it as land values have increased year on year. However now that we are seeing more stable property prices… Read More

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by

Tenancy succession in agriculture

  A recent study by our Professional body, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, has confirmed that activity in the tenancy sector is considerably less than it used to be. In 2002 the number of tenanted transactions were 2565 compared to 892 in 2016.   2002 was the last year unaffected by the CAP reform, which… Read More

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by