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  As AMC Agents we often wonder why the property valuation in the balance sheet is so out of date and generally very low.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

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

How safe is your farm borrowing?

Farm finance

De-risk your borrowing when in a strong financial position. When talking to a lender about borrowing its always easier to negotiate from a strong position rather than when under financial pressure. Andrew Troughton looks at some areas where we have been helping farmers reduce risk and reduce annual costs: Review all borrowing – restructure overdraft and… Read More

Posted on July 28th, 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

Business Rates – are you paying too much?

Stables are subject to business rates

It is often assumed that business rates are only chargeable against property which is run as part of a business, however this is not necessarily the case. Any non-domestic property that falls outside of your residential curtilage may be subject to Non-Domestic rates. As from the 1st April 2017, the new rates released by the… Read More

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by

Uncertain times ahead – de-risk your farm business

Preserve your farm business in uncertain times

We are currently in one of the most uncertain times for British agriculture that has been seen for well over 20 years. Every sector has had its difficulties in the past but the entire economy will be significantly affected with the global changes taking place. In 2017 alone Trump has become president, Article 50 will… Read More

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by

£40m Welsh Farm Grant Scheme Due For Launch

It has just been announced that the Welsh Government and Rural Development Programme is to allocate £40m of funds is to a new Welsh farm grant scheme designed to help farmers reduce their carbon emissions and to improve their resilience and competitiveness within the industry, including through new diversification measures.   The scheme plans to distribute… Read More

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by