Farming groups are disappointed following the rejection by MPs of an amendment in the Agriculture Bill that would protect farmers from imports that do not meet UK welfare and environmental standards. Read more
Defra has now confirmed that eligible dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000 of support. They will be able to claim the money to cover 70 per cent of lost income during April and May to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare. Read more
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that as part of the Agriculture bill farmers in England will see their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments reduced by between 5% and 25% in 2021. Read more
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has called on the Government to simplify rural tax for diversified rural businesses after research revealed that the current system may be stifling growth. Read more
According to rural insurer NFU, almost half the UK’s farmers are either planning to set up a new business in addition to farming or expand on other things they are already doing because of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Read more
The Government has officially introduced the new Agriculture Bill to Parliament, establishing a new system of funding for the industry. Read more
The recent flooding that has hit northern England recently could mean that a substantial amounts of winter vegetables, such as potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages, will be ruined. Read more
According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), recent Government figures on incidents of fly-tipping on public land do not reflect the true scale of the crime, as they do not take incidents on privately owned land into account. Read more
The Government has re-opened the EU-funded Growth Programme with £35 million of funding to help farmers make equipment purchases that can drive business growth, offer up opportunities for tourism and create new jobs.
So far, the scheme has granted £99 million to 546 local businesses across England, creating 3,771 new jobs in rural areas. The minimum grant has been reduced from £35,000 to £20,000 to allow more businesses to apply, which eligible businesses need to do before midnight on 16 February 2020.
Interested parties should apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), who will check eligibility, look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding, and decide which projects meet the criteria. Grants are not awarded automatically so farmers are encouraged to be diligent when completing the applications.
The application process starts with candidates submitting an ‘expression of interest’ to RPA, to tell them about their work and how the grant could help their business. If RPA assesses the expression of interest to be suitable, it will then invite the business to submit a full application.
Commenting on the grant, Farming Minister George Eustice said “This next round of funding will help more businesses to grow and local areas to prosper – and I would urge any rural enterprise to look into what this scheme could do for them.
“I would also encourage farmers to consider how they might use this funding to branch out and diversify their businesses, making the most of emerging trends and tastes and looking ahead to new opportunities.”
Martin Johnson, Manager at Milsted Langdon, said: “The re-opening of the Growth Programme is fantastic news for farmers, with £35 million in grants being made available together with the minimum grant being reduced to £20,000, it creates significant opportunities for agricultural business.
“For help and advice on matters relating to the agricultural sector, contact our expert team today.”
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been victorious in its #4GForAll campaign, as the Government and the UK’s four main mobile phone coverage providers have set out a £1 billion plan to bring an end to poor network coverage in rural areas. Read more