Our romanticised, and already incorrect, image of a shepherd huddling into their hut with a warm bowl of soup, after a long day of caring for their sheep, needs to be updated.
If you’re considering diversifying your farm, then a cost-effective means of doing so can be to utilise any redundant or unused buildings on your farm and turn them into facilities for prosperous new avenues of business.
At the Oxford Farming Conference on the 4th January, Andrea Leadsom announced that a £120m fund would be made available by application for rural businesses.
Paul Rice and Alexandra Robinson attended the CLA Rural Business 2030 inaugural conference this week and share their thoughts on what they heard.
Have market pressures changed the pattern of land ownership? Have investors deliberately targeted land to take advantage of the huge premium conferred on land values by the granting of planning permission for development? Or are farmers consolidating and growing their existing holdings in order to create more economically viable units?
A regular view from Paul Rice, Head of the Agriculture sector team at Wright Hassall solicitors.
Anthea McIntyre conservative member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, produced a draft report to the European Parliament in December last year on “Technological Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture in the EU”.
Rivers in Cumbria, Lancashire, Tyneside and Northumberland all broke their banks and flooded adjacent farmland in December 2015 following record-breaking rainfall.
The majority of the guidelines relating to land eligibility, number of entitlements, active farmer requirements and greening have not changed substantially over the past 12 months. The two main areas of change are the means of registering for BPS and the announcement of the new RDPE which was agreed in February and will cover the new agri-environment scheme, Countryside Stewardship, some elements of which are already open for applications.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has received a lot of media commentary. This Bill, currently nearing the end of its journey through the House of Lords could, if passed, mean that the large, licenced premises’ landlords, the “PubCos” will be required to offer a “Market Rent Only” option to their tenants at certain stages, falling before and during their tenancy, making the notion of a “tied house” a thing of the past.