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Subsidies after Brexit: will the green pound start to wither?

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This green and pleasant land is facing some major changes. While the news has been focused on the impact of Brexit on urban industry and businesses like banking and finance, it is the UK’s farmers who are preparing themselves for some of the biggest...

CLA AGM: Farmers Invade WW1 Airfield

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Yesterday 70 of the county’s farmers and land owners braved a very blustery ‘ Dengie Peninsula’ to attend the CLA’s annual AGM. Gepp and Sons were delighted to sponsor the event which was held at the Stow Maries Aerodrome ,...

The dangers of failing to perform health and safety checks on your farm

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On 10 March 2017, a farming company pleaded guilty for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £50,000 at Norwich Crown Court. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the farm company had failed to...

40% of farmland left unsold

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In a recent article published by Farmers Weekly four in every 10 acres of farmland marketed in 2016 remained unsold or were withdrawn by the end of last year, according to data from Strutt & Parker . This was the highest proportion of...

Farmers call for tougher laws on drones

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In a recent article by Farmers Weekly farm leaders are demanding stricter rules on the use of drones in the wake of booming Christmas sales and the launch of a government consultation. While on-farm use has many potential benefits and...

New Woodland Carbon Fund

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In a recent article by Lockhart-Garratt millions more trees will be planted across the country thanks to grants from the Woodland Carbon Fund, which has opened for applications today. More than £19million has been made available by...

A gaggle of geese gone!

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Rustlers have stolen a gaggle of Christmas geese worth up to £100,000 in an overnight raid on a farm. A police spokesman said: “Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Bawburgh area near...

Solar rooftop threatened with massive business rates hike

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In a recent Farmers Weekly article by Suzie Horne it is reported farm rooftop solar installations could be hit by a six-to-eight-fold hike in business rates from next April if government plans go ahead. Most at risk are projects where the...

How to fly drones safely and legally

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Technology has become an increasingly important part of modern farming. The latest innovation comes in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), known as drones. Drones are enabling farmers to fine-tune chemical and fertiliser application...

The impact of Brexit on agriculture and the rural economy

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On Wednesday, the Essex Agricultural Society hosted an important rural question time at Writtle College on the facts behind the 'Brexit' debate and the impact on agriculture and the rural economy. The high profile panel...

Essex farmers frustrated by councils' planning stance on barn conversions

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Farmers and landowners in Essex are being frustrated in their attempts to convert old agricultural buildings to much-needed homes in the countryside. Recently published figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal that...

Eastern region's farmers facing an uncertain future without EU Referendum commitments

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The eastern region’s farm businesses and rural communities face an uncertain future if Ministers fail to instigate carefully considered, long-term plans upon the result of the European Union (EU) referendum, the CLA says. The organisation, which...

Concerns over roll-out of Coast Path

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The concerns of Suffolk and Essex farmers and landowners regarding the impact of the England Coast Path on their property and businesses were discussed at a CLA forum held today (26 February) at the Burness Parish Rooms in Melton, Suffolk. The event...

CLA calls on Ministers to complete Compulsory Purchase reform as HS2 law reaches milestone

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Ministers must complete reforms to make the compulsory purchase system fairer for rural businesses affected by the HS2 scheme says the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses. This week the HS2 Select Committee, which has been hearing...

Floods push up agricultural insurance claims

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This winter's heavy flooding in parts of Scotland, northern England and north-west Wales is thought to be the worst for several years. The disruption has hit the farming community particularly hard, with farmers expected to make insurance claims for more...

Talking about droughts whilst many are underwater!

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After struggling to cope with the heaviest rainfall on record, Farmers Weekly report that water companies are being urged to examine how they would cope with the worst drought for a century. The recommendation is contained in Environment...

5 of the most shocking farm crime stories of 2015

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According to a recent article by Farmers Weekly farm crime has continued to dog the agriculture industry during 2015 with the National Rural Crime Network estimating the cost of such incidents could be as much as £800m. Topping the list...

England coast path rolled out in the East

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In a recent article published by the CLA, Natural England is currently working on a number of stretches of the England Coast Path in the eastern region. In Essex, Natural England has begun to investigate coastal access around Mersea Island, and between...

Longer farm tenancies?

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DEFRA minister George Eustice has called for longer farmland tenancies, stating that in doing so would encourage more people into the industry. Landowners should be encouraged to let out more of their land for longer periods (for farming)...

Farmers must display EU billboards under new Stewardship rules

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Under the Government's new Countryside Stewardship scheme, which comes into force on 1 January 2016, farmers will be expected to erect EU billboards on their land. The new rule is contained in section 8.4 of the Government’s latest...

The high cost of rural crime

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Rural crime in England and Wales costs more than £800 million a year, according to a survey carried out by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN). This is twenty-one times more than previous estimates suggest. The figure is calculated by...

Dairy farmers asked to engage with migrant labour survey

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Dairy farmers are being asked to take part in a survey on their use of migrant workers to help make a focal point their crucial role in the workforce. The Royal Association for British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) survey takes five minutes to complete...

Tea room without tea!

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With the need for diversification more and more farmers are looking for creative ways to subsidise their income. In a recent ' Farmers Weekly ' article Mark Saich, a beef farmer from Sussex is putting the finishing touches to his £150,000...

Dangers of a farm tenancy agreement

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A farm tenancy agreement is vitally important when a farmer is to use a landowners land for agricultural purposes. However, farmers have been urged to seek professional help when signing, as such agreements can often contain onerous terms that the tenant had...

Think carefully before using restrictive covenants to secure overage payments!

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The High Court's decision in Cosmichome Ltd v Southampton City Council [2013] EWHC 1378 (Ch) which was issued on 23rd May serves as a warning to those relying on restrictive covenants to secure development clawback payments. The...