Want some new machinery for the New Year?

leader grants

The LEADER grant has re-opened in Worcestershire. LEADER is a scheme within the Rural Development Programme which offers grants ranging from £2,500 – £35,000 to local business and organisations based on 35% of the cost of the project being granted. Eligible claimants could be farmers, growers, foresters, local rural businesses and rural community organisations and… Read More

Posted on November 11th, 2016 by

What else could I do with my farm buildings?

buildings

What else could I do with my farm buildings? We are often asked what else could I do with my farm buildings, particularly in recent months when all agricultural sectors seem to be struggling with low prices and high input costs. Alternative income streams can provide a stable income to level out the undulations of… Read More

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by

How do I register my agricultural waste exemption?

A brand new digital service has replaced the paper and e-form options for registering an agricultural waste exemption.  Registration needs to be completed by October 2016.  The Environment Agency is encouraging farmers and other business to go online and register.  The new service has been designed to make online registration quicker and more efficient than ever before…. Read More

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by

Farm Business Succession – where to start

farm business succession

This week we hosted a joint seminar with Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Hazelwood’s Accountants and NFU focusing on farm succession at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. The night was enjoyed by approximately 70 local farmers and landowners where they had the opportunity to discuss the detail of planning succession with a panel of experts. We heard… Read More

Posted on October 16th, 2015 by

Inheritance Tax Relief for Farmers

Andrew Troughton, Director of Carver Knowles considers how the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July, may affect farmers and landowners. One of the main points revealed in the budget were the changes to Inheritance Tax.   The measures announced will introduce an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed on… Read More

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by

New Basic Payment Scheme is open for registration

Muddy Wellingtons

Following further updates  the online system for BPS registrations is back up and running. The RPA are drip feeding invitations out to farmers through agents, the NFU, the TFA and the CLA to prevent over subscription and the system crashing (in a similar fashion to the tax disc launch!). All farmers wishing to claim single farm… Read More

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by

Have farmland values reached their peak?

Worcestershire and Gloucestershire farmland achieves sale prices well over guide.

Over the last couple of years you will have seen headlines in the press saying that farmland is a better investment than gold. Returns on land have been excellent, with prices rising by a further 12% last year, as outlined by the RICS Farmland Market Survey. Questions are being asked about how long it can be… Read More

Posted on February 16th, 2015 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

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by

Where do I start with a tender for a farm tenancy?

Farm and out buildings image

Tendering for a farm is something that you do very infrequently and maybe just once or twice in your farming career. At the same time letting agents tend to prefer it when the tender is the farmers work, not ours as land agents. They want to get to know you, establish if you balance the… Read More

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by

Tips for preparing a farm tender

Traditional Barns

Below I have set out my top 10 tips for preparing a successful farm tender. They are simple but often forgotten. The whole exercise is about really getting into the proposal and making your application stick in the landlord’s mind as one that is strong and credible. Remember your audience. This could be the landlord,… Read More

Posted on December 14th, 2014 by