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Countryside Stewardship and Brexit - Treasury announcement

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The Treasury announcement of 3 October is, on the face of it, good news for farmers, land managers and woodland owners. The Government will guarantee funding for agri-environment agreements entered into before we leave the EU but which continue after that...

Brexit and Basic Payment Scheme Mark 2

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The Treasury announced on 13 August that it will guarantee the current level of agricultural funding under Pillar 1 of the CAP until 2020. In essence this means that the “direct payments” element of the CAP will continue beyond the date the UK...

Getting farm partnerships right

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We recently ran a seminar in Kent about farming partnerships fit for the 21st century. The seminar was based around a scenario which would be recognisable to many farming families; one of the younger partners stops pulling their weight on the farm,...

Act Now on Basic Payments

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A Roythornes blog post which gives some crucial points to farmers who need to transfer payment entitlements or have entitlements transferred to them.

Payment Entitlement Transfers and the October deadline

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We are getting a few queries from our agricultural clients about entitlement transfers and the Defra's October deadline, and in particular about the consequences of not transferring by then. The Q&A below might help. 1. Why is there an October...

Planning for the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening

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Farmers involved in specialist cropping, contract farming, block-cropping or diversification may need to take a step back and consider how things are best structured to ensure compliance with the new Basic Payment Scheme and Greening rules. Diversification...

Manorial rights - should you be worried about them?

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Manorial rights are one of the more arcane aspects of land law, but that doesn’t mean they can be ignored, particularly with a Land Registry deadline for their registration looming. What are they? Before 1926, in...

Cap Reform: What is agricultural activity?

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Aside from the introduction of greening measures, one of the most significant changes in the new direct payment regime touches on what constitutes agricultural activity. Under the Single Payment Scheme, agricultural activity was not only producing crops and...

Chancel Repair Liability notices - don't take them as read

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It is always worth checking whether notices from the Land Registry are well founded, particularly if they are about a potential liability for chancel repair. Ask to see the evidence, do your own research, do not be afraid to challenge the notice if the...

Manorial rights and the 12 October 'deadline'

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Since midnight on 12 October, manorial rights have no longer been overriding interests. An overriding interest is an interest in land which binds buyers or owners of land even if it does not appear on the register. In short, midnight on 12 October is not a...

Town and Village Green registration: Act now to protect your assets

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Protecting your land against registration as a town or village green by those opposed to its development has – as from today, 1st October – become a little bit easier in England. It does, however, need action from you as landowner (or...

Designation of flood risk management features - one year on

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It is almost a year since the 'designation of features' elements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 came into force. The Act itself came out of the Pitt Review that followed the widespread floods of 2007. One of Pitt's recommendations was...

Update on CAP Reform: hot from the press conference

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EU farm ministers met yesterday morning to discuss the new direct payments regulation. Simon Coveney, the Irish Farm Minister, held a press conference at lunchtime to give an update on progress. (The Irish hold the Presidency of the Council for the first...

Green about the Green Deal?

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The Government’s Green Deal is up and running. Householders are able to sign up to finance plans from today, 28 January 2013, as are landlords and tenants in the private rented sector. There is even a first-come, first-served cashback scheme to...

On CAP Reform, entitlements and simplification

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Britain's membership of the EU has been the hot topic over the last few days. It is no coincidence that the Defra Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, took to his keyboard today to answer questions on CAP Reform during a web chat hosted by the Farmers...