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CS Capital Grants

Applications for CS Capital Grants open on 9 February 2021 and close on 30 April 2021.

Clearing the path ahead for English farmers.

The Government has set out its plans for farming in a new document The Path to Sustainable Farming’: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024.

Oswestry land agent joins new dispute resolution panel

Oswestry land agent Philip Meade has been appointed to a new arbitration panel set up by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) to help resolve rural disputes.

Major farm pollution controls for Wales coming in April

Tough new measures to reduce pollution and improve water quality in Wales will come into force in April affecting every farmer and every sector in Wales.

Apply now for capital grants to prevent water pollution in Wales

Farm businesses looking to invest on their farms to meet the requirements of The Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021 which comes into effect in April can apply for funding under Welsh Government’ s Sustainable Production Grant.

Changes to compulsory purchase procedure in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced changes to its planning policy, updating the Compulsory Purchase procedure in Wales to assist the delivery of land for housing and redevelopment.

Tenants warned to take care when signing new agreements

Tenant farmers are being urged to carefully scrutinise any new tenancy agreements they are asked to sign as changes to clauses could restrict them from accessing potential income earning schemes in the future.

Opportunity to engage agricultural support system reform in Wales

The Welsh Government has released a White Paper with a period of consultation that will help legislators find the next layer of detail for the Agriculture (Wales) Bill. The document provides an insight into the direction of travel towards reform of the agricultural support system and current Government recommendations.

Glastir Small Grants Scheme – Carbon

Glastir Small Grants is a programme of capital works available to farming businesses across Wales to carry out projects that will help to lock up carbon.

Negotiate carefully before accepting tenancy deals

Tenant farmers who are approached to discuss surrendering their old agricultural tenancies should be cautious and take advice before accepting any deals. Mutually beneficial deals can be struck but the full value of tenant’s interest in the land must be acknowledged.

Agriculture Act brings tenancy reform

Following several years work by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group and reflecting the significant shifts and anticipated shifts in the agricultural industry, the two main Acts that govern agricultural tenancies are now set to be amended in various ways from January 11, 2021 by virtue of the newly enacted Agriculture Act of 2020.

Woodland planting grants of up to £30,000 available in England

Farmers and landowners considering planting trees in England can receive funding from the Forestry Commission to support the design of new woodland under the Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG). 

RPA Announces BPS 2020 Payment Rates

On the 3rd November, The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) published the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlement values and greening rates.

Grants up to £12,000 for yard coverings in Wales

Farmers in wales can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to pay for roofing and drainage that improve water quality and reduce pollution on their farms.

Planners and landowners join forces for biodiversity gain

Farmers and landowners could have a key role in meeting biodiversity obligations of developers as new rules make the environment a priority for planners in the future.

Surge of interest in renewable energy projects

Clients of Shropshire based land agents Davis Meade Property Consultants have seen a surge in interest from developers looking to build renewable energy projects on their land.

Marches Small Business Recovery Grant

A new £630,000 grant scheme to help small businesses across the Marches which have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched.

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 3 – now open for applications

The CPSG provides investment towards specific items of equipment which will improve productivity and efficiency for farming and horticultural businesses. Please read the guidance carefully to decide whether the items under this scheme meet the investment plans for your business, and if you qualify for support.

Keep on track with public rights of way

With more people holidaying at home during the Coronavirus crisis and enjoying the countryside footpath network, farmers and landowners are being advised how to protect themselves against the creation of unwanted public rights of way.

Disputes over valuations for telecoms masts

Farmers and landowners in negotiations with telecoms companies over sites for masts or apparatus are being advised to seek professional help before accepting any offers as new guidance on payment considerations is available following a spate of recent Upper Tribunal and County Court cases regarding the new Electronic Communications Code.

£1.5m boost for trees in Wales

A £1.55m capital investment scheme to boost tree planting capacity in the Welsh forestry sector is open for applications.

Deadline extended to apply for dairy fund

Dairy farmers in England who suffered significant milk price cuts in April because of COVID-19 disruptions now have until September 11 to apply for financial help from the Government’s Dairy Response Fund.

Valuation date set for non-domestic rates

The Valuation date for the next Rating List in England has been set for April 1, 2021. The date is set in The Rating Lists (Valuation Date) (England) Order 2020 (SI 2020/832) which comes into force at the end of August.

Removal of Greening Rules

Farmers will no longer be required to comply with complex rules around crop diversification, Ecological Focus Areas and greening permanent grassland, following the government announcement of the removal of greening rules from the direct payments regime for 2021. He change means 30% of the current overall BPS payment associated with these conditions will be reallocated to the BPS entitlements. Further details on Gov.UK website

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