2020 application window deadline for Countryside Stewardship is fast approaching

    *** The deadline is fast approaching for 2020 Countryside Stewardship applications to be made *** Water Capital Only Grant: Contact to be made with Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer by 31st May 2020 Mid-Tier special options: Contact to be made with RPA by 31st May 2020 Mid-Tier application request: Application to be requested by […]

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME?

In this blog Mike Cluley gives a very brief summary of the main points of the new Agricultural Bill that is passing through parliament so that consideration can be given as to what businesses should expect and the things that they should consider with the likely changes to future farm payments. Agricultural policy in the […]

Posted on March 4th, 2020 by

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2020 AND CROP DIVERSIFICATION UPDATE

Despite the persistent inclement weather, spring is “technically” here and the BPS season is only just around the corner. Mike Cluley takes a quick look at the Basic Payment Scheme 2020 with a particular focus on what the options are to comply with the Crop Diversification rules under Greening given the consistent wet weather which […]

Posted on March 4th, 2020 by

Uncertain times…but not for farming?

Whilst our future relationship with Europe is uncertain, we are certain that the Basic Farm Payment will be gone in 6 years. To many this is a critical part of their farm income and replacing it will be a challenge. Whilst there will be a new environmental scheme to replace the Basic Payment Scheme, the […]

Posted on July 10th, 2019 by

Financing building projects – the agricultural way!

Why are farmers best placed to borrow for build projects? Project finance in the commercial development sector is often difficult and costly, with annual interest rates well over 10% and strict requirements placed on the borrower. However, farmers are in a unique position of strength when it comes to borrowing for developments and building projects. […]

Posted on January 2nd, 2019 by

Getting it right – Letting to a farm worker

Many farmers provide accommodation for workers, especially when they are required to be close to livestock. However there are some serious pitfalls to not following the correct procedure when granting tenancies to agricultural workers. If the correct procedure is not followed then you could be granting your worker the right to stay in the property […]

Posted on October 26th, 2018 by

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

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

Successful Countryside Stewardship Workshop

On Thursday 12th April Carver Knowles joined forces with Green Farm Seeds to put on a Countryside Stewardship workshop attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The evening focused on two important aspects of the scheme, the application process and the establishment and maintenance of the available options. The Government have stated that they will […]

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by

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 […]

Posted on March 14th, 2018 by