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

Job Opportunity – Rural Surveyor/Graduate Surveyor

Job Opportunity

Carver Knowles are seeking an enthusiastic graduate/rural surveyor to join us.   We are an independent firm of Land Agents, Surveyors and Valuers covering Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Our clients range from large property owning organisations to family farms across the three counties.  The job will cover all aspects of our professional services including rural… Read More

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

Grant funding – Which grant will suit my project?

glamping

Do you have a project in mind but not sure what funding is available? The pathway to grant funding is often a bit of a minefield with different schemes for different projects with a range of criteria and deadline dates. If you have a project in mind and would like to know if it is… Read More

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Countryside Productivity

The long awaited Countryside Productivity Scheme has been launched. The scheme provides funding for large scale projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sector. The scheme has been specifically targeted at: Forestry Water Resource Management Forestry The forestry element allows those with commercial woodlands over 10ha to apply for a range… Read More

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by

Make the most of Grant funding – an update

Direct drills are funded under LEADER scheme

Britain leaving Europe has left a question mark over agricultural grants as we know them. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we can report that DEFRA has stated that they will honour any grant funding allocated to farmers pre-2019.   However, all grant funding is now competitive and with limited money available it is vital… 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

Pershore and Upton upon Severn NFU Conference 2017

Brand power

Pershore and Upton branch of the NFU have once again held a very successful conference, this year titled ‘The Power of Branding’. The panellists were: Helen Browning OBE founder of Helen Browning’s Organic, Martin Thatcher of Thatcher’s Cider and Vice Chairman of the Assured Food Standards, Andrew Blenkiron.   The evening started with an opening… Read More

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by

Farm loans – A guide to securing a loan against a farm.

Farm finance

This blog introduces the main criteria to consider when borrowing against a farm and helps you understand want lenders are looking for and how to put stronger loan applications together. This should help ensure that proposals stand out and have a better chance of being approved. There are 2 key elements: Security The more simple part is… Read More

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