Weaker Pound Leads to Higher Subsidy Payments

Basic Payment Scheme payments for 2017 will be just under 5% higher than in 2016 due to the currency exchange rate. Under the rules of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), support payments for the UK are set in Euros and then converted to Sterling  by using the average exchange rate across the month of September. … Continue reading Weaker Pound Leads to Higher Subsidy Payments

Back British Farming Day

The 13th September marks Back British Farming day, with many MPs wearing a corn and horns badge to show their support for British farming. The special day is a rallying call to encourage MPs to use their positions to support the industry, especially with upcoming Brexit negotiations. The special badge has been sent to all … Continue reading Back British Farming Day

Concerns over the Future of EU Workers

A recent survey by the Food and Drinks Federation has shown that many in the “farm to fork” sector of UK industry are worried that their businesses will become unviable if they lose their EU workers in the wake of Brexit. More than a third of businesses said that they had already lost many of … Continue reading Concerns over the Future of EU Workers

Second Window for Farm Business Grant Scheme

Further to our blog in April regarding the Farm Business Grant Scheme, the Welsh Government will be opening the second window for those to apply for the scheme this month. As last time, the window will be open for two months, with a total of £40m funding available over the course of the scheme running, … Continue reading Second Window for Farm Business Grant Scheme

A Farmer’s Life – Through Rose-Coloured Glasses?

A recent study by The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) has suggested that the public’s view of the life of today’s farmers is a long way from the truth. Around 25% of those adults who took part in the study said that they found the idea of giving up their day jobs to go and work … Continue reading A Farmer’s Life – Through Rose-Coloured Glasses?

Farming in China Exchange Opportunity

The EU and China are seeking 10 young farmers to take part in a fully funded exchange programme to share knowledge and farming experience. Programmes for the trip are still being finalised but the aim is to include farm visits and discussions, visits to research institutes, government meetings and various training workshops. The main objectives … Continue reading Farming in China Exchange Opportunity

Apply Now For Tesco Future Farmer Foundation

The Tesco Future Farmer Foundation is looking for young people in UK & Irish farming who are keen to develop a successful future in agriculture. Running from 19 June until 29 September 2017, the programme is available for those aged between 20 and 35 from all farming sectors, and aims to help in four particular … Continue reading Apply Now For Tesco Future Farmer Foundation

Ejected Farmers Could Be Entitled To Compensation

Farmers who HMRC have ejected from the Agricultural Flat-Rate Scheme (AFRS) may be entitled to a repayment or compensation. An opinion from the advocate general to the European Court of Justice has led to the belief that many who feel they have been unfairly removed from the VAT simplification scheme may be able to make … Continue reading Ejected Farmers Could Be Entitled To Compensation

Rural Payments Agency Risking Wrath of Farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has managed to spark outrage with its latest gaffe. More than 600 letters have been sent out to farmers who they think were overpaid under the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015 or 2016. The fact that really grates is that some claimants have been waiting more than 18 months for … Continue reading Rural Payments Agency Risking Wrath of Farmers

Farmers and Banks – a Relationship on the Rocks?

A recent survey undertaken by YouGov reveals that farming businesses feel that they are not getting sufficient support from their banks. Over 1,000 small and medium farming businesses took part in the survey, with over 30% stating they would like to see more commitment to the agricultural industry from banks.  One of the biggest concerns … Continue reading Farmers and Banks – a Relationship on the Rocks?