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 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?
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
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
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
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
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?
The Welsh Government has recently launched a significant consultation Taking Forward Wales' Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. It represents a wide-ranging and radical series of ideas in agriculture, designated landscapes, access, water abstraction and drainage, forestry, regulation and more. See the document here. Rebecca Williams, CLA Cymru Director says, "Land owners, managers and farmers should focus … Continue reading Welsh Government Consultation
Farmers hiring out land and buildings for wedding ceremonies may have to pay back thousands in back tax following a failed VAT appeal earlier this year. Blue Chip Hotels failed in their appeal to overturn more than £50,000 in VAT. The company argued that, as it didn’t offer room hire for civil wedding ceremonies as … Continue reading HMRC Not So Merry With Wedding Venues
Dairy farmers in Wales have until this Friday to apply for an aid scheme worth £1,800. The EU Conditional Aid Scheme is only open to dairy farmers in Wales and, specifically, those that were in milk production with a supply contract on 1 January 2016. To qualify before the deadline at midnight on Friday 30 June, producers need to … Continue reading Last Chance for Welsh Dairy Farmers