HMRC Not So Merry With Wedding Venues

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

Funding For Organic Farmers In Wales

Organic Farmers in Wales are able to apply for financial support from the Welsh Government in recognition of the environmental services they provide. The Glastir Organic scheme will operate as a stand-alone, while any voluntary options can be integrated within the other Glastir schemes. It is specifically aimed at environmental goods and services which: Combat … Continue reading Funding For Organic Farmers In Wales

Better times ahead for Dairy Farmers?

More good news for dairy farmers, as both First Milk and Arla have raised the milk price for their farmers. Arla have raised their milk price for its 2,700 British farmers by 1.6p per litre, while First Milk have raised theirs by 2p per litre – the largest increase for nine years. However, the NFU … Continue reading Better times ahead for Dairy Farmers?

Big UK interest in Dairy Aid scheme

The Rural Payments Agency has revealed that over 1,800 UK farmers have applied for the EU’s Dairy Aid Scheme. The voluntary scheme will pay producers the equivalent of 12.2p per litre to cut production over the next three months. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the milk supply across Europe and restore balance … Continue reading Big UK interest in Dairy Aid scheme

Farmers Still Being Targeted

Rural thieves are putting down their bolt cutters and turning to their computers to steal from farmers, according to new statistics. Criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they operate and new tactics include cloning tractor identities, stealing GPS computer systems and even using Google Earth to highlight weak points in the perimeter to steal … Continue reading Farmers Still Being Targeted

Farming Retirement

  Age is only a number, yet it rarely comes along by itself. Despite this, employment law changes have resulted in the retirement age of 65 for men and 60 for women being abolished. As a result, many farmers are now working beyond this and it brings added pressure for the employer and employee alike. … Continue reading Farming Retirement

Monmouthshire Show

Tomorrow, for the second year running, Green & Co will be attending the Monmouthshire Show, alongside the CLA and Balfours with Berringtons. Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at the stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth. The Monmouthshire Show has something for everyone: Agricultural Events and Demonstrations … Continue reading Monmouthshire Show

Water Market Reforms

With effect from April 2017 farmers will be able to choose their water supplier (and also the sewage service provider) in much the same way that they can currently decide on a different energy provider. However this change only applies to business not domestic customers and also those businesses must be situated in England. This … Continue reading Water Market Reforms

Robots In Farming

Due to the difficulties encountered by farmers on recruiting farm labour attention is being turned to the use of agricultural robots. These can be used to collect data, harvest crops, identify weeds and space out pot grown plants. Robots have become popular in dairy systems – with the possibility that by 2025 half of all … Continue reading Robots In Farming