DEFRA Revises TIFF Estimate

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has now published revised estimates which suggest Total Income From Farming (TIFF) in the UK fell by around 7.5% in 2016. This is significantly different from their original figure of 1.5% reported earlier in the year, with the Government blaming incorrect data accounting for the error in the … Continue reading DEFRA Revises TIFF Estimate

Water Abstraction License Reforms

Both Defra and the Welsh Government have announced plans to abolish Water Abstraction Licences and replace them with Water Abstraction Permits in the early 2020’s.The current licencing system was initially set up in the 1960’s and has been described as not flexible or modern enough to cope with the needs of various stakeholders, such as … Continue reading Water Abstraction License Reforms

The Growth In Anaerobic Digestion

DEFRA have recently published the third and final annual report into the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Strategy and Action Plan which was launched in June 2011. They report that: By September 2014 there were 140 AD plants in operation (This is up from the baseline of 68 in 2011). Also more than 200 had received planning … Continue reading The Growth In Anaerobic Digestion

Dairy Farmers – DEFRA Appeal to HMRC for Tax

According to farming minister George Eustice DEFRA have requested that HMRC take a "sympathetic stance” with dairy farmers and consider the individual circumstances of each business in the wake of the dairy crisis. It has been requested that tax payments be deferred for the hardest hit or payment plans be considered so that liabilities can … Continue reading Dairy Farmers – DEFRA Appeal to HMRC for Tax

Bird Flu – Prepare Your Farm Profile

Avian influenza is once again making the news after it was reported that it had been detected on a duck farm in the north-east of England. The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have since introduced a 10km restriction zone and culled all poultry on the farm to prevent any potential spread of … Continue reading Bird Flu – Prepare Your Farm Profile

The Future of Farming – Biodiversity Offsetting

In the next few years you may be able to benefit from a new income source if government plans are achieved. Biodiversity Offsetting is the creation of new habitats to compensate for losses from new developments. This would mean that Landowners could sell the use of their land to produce these offset areas. These would … Continue reading The Future of Farming – Biodiversity Offsetting