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

The Small Productivity Grant

Farm finance for dairy farmers

The Small Productivity Grant was extremely popular with many farmers in Wales and England on the last round. The grant paid 40% of the standard item price up to £12,000, therefore no quotes or additional information was required. Items include Cattle and sheep handling equipment GPS and field mapping Slurry Application Direct Drills EID readers […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

Last call for LEADER Grants

Claas Tractor

Over the last 18 months Carver Knowles has been involved in helping farmers to secure over £260,000 worth of LEADER Grant funding for a range of agricultural equipment and diversification including: Direct Drills GPS and Auto Steer Cattle Handling Equipment Automatic Palletiser Slurry Sand Separator Shepherd Huts Equine Facilities Barn conversion for diversification purposes LEADER […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 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  As AMC Agents we often wonder why the property valuation in the balance sheet is so out of date and generally very low.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 […]

Posted on September 25th, 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 […]

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

Successful Agricultural Grant Workshop

Grant workshop success

On Thursday 23rd February Carver Knowles hosted a very successful agricultural grant workshop, attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Carver Knowles have been involved with a range of successful grant applications from precision farming equipment to tourist centres.   The afternoon focused on two agricultural grants which are currently available; Growth Development Programme and […]

Posted on February 27th, 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 […]

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by

A Flexible Facility – A safer alternative to an overdraft extension .

With ongoing pressure on working capital there is a strong temptation to increase your overdraft facility but this is often the wrong decision, Andrew Troughton explores an alternative more flexible option. A lot of lending is actually longer term than the typical 12 month overdraft term but not long or permanent enough to need a […]

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by

2016 – A busy Expert Witness year.

expert witness

  We don’t talk about expert witness work much as it’s one of those areas that quietly happens and matters are almost always confidential. We have however been very busy in 2016 with various rural and development expert witness work so thought it worth detailing the sort of subjects we have dealt with: Report for […]

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by