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What does the Environment Agency's new Regulatory Position Statement on the spreading of organic manure mean for farmers this autumn?

Rebecca Ironmonger
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For many farmers, the spreading of manure or sludge from water sewage treatment plants is an essential part of the process for preparing soil for crops and for disposing of excess manure which they do not have the capacity to store. The Reduction and...

Brexit and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Q&A

Desley Sherwin
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This article aims to answer some questions about UK farm employers’ access to seasonal workers under the Government’s extended Seasonal Workers Pilot. The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 marks the end of freedom of...

EU-UK TCA - what does it mean for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones?

Julie Robinson
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This brief article considers environmental regulations and, taking Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) as an example, whether UK authorities are likely to deregulate and relax requirements following the end of the transition period and the provisional coming...

Brexit and cross-compliance

Julie Robinson
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Does Brexit mean an end to Cross-Compliance? That is the Government’s plan for England. Cross compliance is a core feature of the CAP direct payments regime and rural development agri-environment schemes. Leaving the EU means that the UK is no...

EU-UK TCA - what does it mean for the EU's Precautionary Principle?

Julie Robinson
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The precautionary principle generally puts a check on decision-making when scientific evidence about an environmental hazard is uncertain and the risks are potentially high, while critics would argue that it can hold back innovation and progress. It is a...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Trade in agricultural products Q&A

Julie Robinson
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This article aims to answer some questions following the Trade and Cooperation Agreement concluded between the UK and the EU and provisionally in force from 1 January 2021. Why can’t my seed potatoes be sold into the EU from 1 January 2021? This...

Coping during the Coronavirus aftermath - key points for farm businesses

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, Head of Agriculture flags up some of the legal issues that are likely to matter as we live through the coronavirus aftermath.   The coronavirus pandemic has impacted on almost every area of our lives. The legal frameworks within which...

Coronavirus and your seasonal workers - new self-isolation rules

Phil Cookson
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In this Q&A (published 05 June 2020) we look at the new self-isolation rules for seasonal workers travelling to farms in England. For farms with seasonal workers due to arrive from abroad on or after 8 June 2020, there is an extremely useful...

Coronavirus and agri-supply contracts - guidance for farmers and growers

Julie Robinson
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In this article we give some pointers to producers whose scheduled deliveries have been cancelled or curtailed by their customers due to the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, producers’ relationships with their suppliers and customers are long...

Post-Brexit farm support: can the start of the agricultural transition period be postponed?

Julie Robinson
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Ultimately any decision to delay the introduction of the post-Brexit agricultural transition period is a political one. In this blog we explore the legislative processes – what would need to happen before the start date of the new regime can be...

Coronavirus and your commercial tenants- guidance for farmers

Julie Robinson
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In this article we consider some of the options for farmers with small-scale commercial tenants whose businesses are affected by the developing coronavirus crisis. Many farmers have diversified into small-scale commercial lettings on their farms. In some...

Coronavirus and your workers - guidance for farm businesses

Julie Robinson
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In this article we consider some of the issues facing farmers and grower employers in the light of the developing coronavirus crisis. Farms are not professional services firms where remote working may be an alternative to being physically present on site....

Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme - legal considerations for farmers

Julie Robinson
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This blog highlights some legal considerations for landowners and tenant farmers to bear in mind when applying to the Government’s new Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme (WCaG), supported by an associated woodland creation project. The long-term...

Supreme Court judgment: what now for the Agriculture Bill?

Julie Robinson
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The constitutional ramifications of today’s Supreme Court judgment will be debated and commented on for years to come. Of immediate interest to farmers and everyone involved in agricultural policy-making is what the Court’s judgment means for...

Top tips for obtaining planning permission for farm-based developments

Shruti Trivedi
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Charlotte Lockwood, Associate in the Planning team at Roythornes solicitors, takes a realistic look at what farmers can do to stand the best chance of obtaining planning permission for farm-based developments, particularly those in sensitive areas such as...

UPDATE: Wild birds and licences

Julie Robinson
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This article focuses on action you need to take to stay within the law if you are controlling wild birds to prevent serious damage to livestock, feedstuffs, crops, fruit etc., previously covered by General Licence 04. The legal position The basic...

Do farmers still do joint ventures?

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, head of our agriculture team, answers a question from a client. The short answer to our client’s question is yes. Farm businesses are engaging in a whole raft of collaborative ventures as they focus on increasing their...

Revocation of General Licences to kill wild birds : implications for shooting agreements

Julie Robinson
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Julie Robinson, head of Roythornes Agriculture team, considers the implications for landowners and shooting syndicates of Natural England’s revocation of general licences 04/05/06. As of 25 April 2019 anyone shooting the species of wild birds...

Leaving the EU with no deal - will I still get my 2019 BPS payment?

Julie Robinson
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In this short article, our Head of Agriculture , Julie Robinson, takes a look at what happens to UK farmers’ right to direct payments under the CAP if we leave the EU without a deal on 12 April. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 12...

What happens to the Agriculture Bill if there is no Brexit?

Julie Robinson
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Following the decisive defeat of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal in parliament this week, Julie Robinson considers the implications for the Agriculture Bill if the UK does not leave the EU. The whole rationale behind the Agriculture Bill was to...

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