Guide to Buying a Farm

Between 2006 and 2016, the value of farmland increased by 277% according to a report by Savills. This certainly makes agricultural land a sound investment but it also means that care needs to be taken when buying and selling such a valuable commodity

Guide to how Wright Hassall can help with your agricultural disputes

Wright Hassall’s agricultural team includes specialist dispute resolution lawyers with experience in all areas of farming-related litigation. One of the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2013, describes the agricultural team as ‘winning plaudits’ due to their hands on approach and “being across the kitchen table" from their clients.

Guide to Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies

Tenancies created under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 allow agricultural holdings to be let by the land owner to a tenant. Agricultural holdings can include land and buildings used for horticulture, livestock, grazing and various other uses, but the use must be commercial in nature (so grazing land for privately owned horses will not constitute an agricultural holding, whereas grazing land let to a riding school will). Rent reviews under AHA tenancies are dealt with by the Act.

Guide to Farm Business Tenancies

Tenancies created under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 allow land to be let as a Farm Business Tenancy if all or part of the land is farmed for a business or trade that is wholly or primarily agricultural. This could include farm shops, food processing, and the provisions of recreational facilities. Rent reviews under FBTs are dealt with by the Act.

Guide to Environmental Stewardship Agreements

Environmental Stewardship Agreements are agri-environmental schemes providing funding for environmental land management. There are four elements: entry level, organic entry level, uplands entry level and higher level. Over 60% (6.5 million hectares) of England’s agricultural land is now within Entry Level Stewardship. This guide will look at why we have the scheme and how and when to enter into agreements.

Guide to the Single Payment Scheme

The Single Payment Scheme (SPS) was introduced so that a farmer could claim financial support for carrying out agricultural activity (making a single claim, rather than using the previous support schemes which had different incentives depending on what was being produced). Farmers were allocated entitlements based on their previous claims under previous schemes and the area of land they farm. Entitlements can be bought or sold by farmers, so any new farmer will have to buy entitlements if they wish to make a claim (though entitlements are frequently included in a sale of land).

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