23 February 2016
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, has delivered a speech at the National Farmers' Union (NFU) conference earlier today. Her speech is available on the GOV.UK website.
16 February 2016
The Scottish Government has awarded £2 million to fund farming projects under the Rural Development Programme's Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF). Grants have been awarded to:
- QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds for the establishment of 9 innovative Monitor Farms in Scotland
- SAC Commercial for a project looking at improbving lamb survival and farm profitability
- SAOS for a pilot of an innovative and interative farm-focused lean management approach
- AHDB Potatoes to develop a Strategic Potato Farm
- Wholesome Pigs Scotland Ltd to develop innovative uses of emerging technologies to improve pig production.
Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.
15 February 2016
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is urging farmers to carefully monitor stock for any symptoms of Bluetongue. This follows an increased risk of the UK experiencing an outbreak this spring/summer as a result of midges being blown across from France where the disease is present. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
14 February 2016
Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has announced the provision of a Farming Hardship scheme to assist farmers and crofters with accessing loans whilst awaiting their BPS 2015 payment. Whilst speaking at the National Farmers Union of Scotland annual conference last week, he confirmed that over 7,300 BPS 2015 claimants had been paid (out of a total of over 18,000 claims). Details of the Farming Hardship scheme are awaited. Please see the Rural Payments and Services website for further information.
12 February 2016
The RPA has issued a further update about progress with making BPS 2015 payments. 68,572 (78.7%) farmers have now been paid a total of £1.043 billion (out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion). Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
03 February 2016
The RPA has issued another update on progress with making BPS 2015 payments. As at 31st January 2016, 66,800 claimants (77% of the total claimant population) have received a payment. The amount paid is just over £1 billion of the estimated total BPS fund of £1.43 billion. RPA Chief Executive, Mark Grimshaw, has said that the aim is "to have paid almost all eligible farmers by the end of March with a few thousand of the more complex cases taking slightly longer". Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.
01 February 2016
From 1st February 2016, landlords of let residential property in England will have to establish that new tenants (and all other adults who will be living in the property) have an immigration status which allows them the right to rent in the UK. Government guidance on how to make the necessary checks is available on the GOV.UK website and CAAV members can find more detail in the Members Documents section of this website, under England / Property Management (Residential and Commercial) / Residential Lettings.
30 January 2016
The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has confirmed that over 5,000 claimants should now have received a first instalment of their BPS 2015 payment (75% Basic Payment and 90% Greening). This represents almost 30 per cent of the total claimant population in Scotland (approximately18,000). Further information is available on the Scottish Government website. Where there are hardship cases, the customer helpline should be contacted on 0300 300 2222.
27 January 2016
The RPA has given a further update this afternoon on its progress with making BPS 2015 payments. 61,172 claimants have been paid which represents over 70% of the total claimant population of 87,095 (this was just over 57,700 as at 19th January 2016). The total value of payments made now stands at over £845 million out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion (this was £779 million as at 19th January 2016). Therefore an additional 3,472 claimants have been paid £66 million since 19th January 2016. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.
19 January 2016
The RPA has advised that it has paid another 11,300 claimants so far in January. Some 57,700 claimants (approximately 66% of the total claimant population) have been paid to date. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
06 January 2016
Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, has given a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference today. The speech can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.
13 July 2015
DEFRA has confirmed that a case of H7N7 avian flu has been found in Lancashire. The temporary control zone imposed on Friday has now been replaced by a 3 kilometre protection zone and a 10 kilometre surveillance zone. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
02 July 2015
Clare Moriarty, the current Director General at the Rail Executive in the Department for Transport, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary for DEFRA. She will take up the post this summer and replaces Bronwyn Hill. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
29 June 2015
The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) elected its new Presidential Team for 2015/16 at its AGM and Conference in Windermere on 26th June 2015. The newly elected CAAV President is Charles Meynell of Fisher German in Stafford, who will be supported by Senior Vice-President Nick Millard, of Michelmore Hughes in Somerset and Junior Vice-President James Dick, who has his own consultancy business in Aberdeenshire.
12 May 2015
George Eustice is to continue at DEFRA as Minister of State and Rory Stewart (MP for Penrith and the Border) joins the Department as Parliamentary Under Secretary. It has already been confirmed that Liz Truss continues as Secretary of State.
11 May 2015
Liz Truss is to continue as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the new Conservative Government. Patrick McLoughlin continues as Transport Secretary. Greg Clark becomes Secretary of State at DCLG and Amber Rudd is the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Sajid Javid moves to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is replaced at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by John Whittingdale.
27 March 2015
Parliament was prorogued on Thursday 26th March, bringing to an end all Parliamentary business. It will be formally dissolved on Monday 30th March in preparation for the General Election on Thursday 7th May.
03 February 2015
A low severity (H7 strain) case of avian flu has been confirmed in chickens on a farm in Hampshire. A 1 km movement restriction zone has been imposed around the farm. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.
07 January 2015
The CAAV is holding three full day briefings in England covering BPS 2015, the new online Rural Payments system and changes to the Cross Compliance rules for 2015. The dates and venues are:-
- 27th January - Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
- 30th January - The Pavilions, Harrogate
- 5th February - The Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon
Further information and booking form may be found in the Events section of this website.
CAAV Examinations Conference - 13th January POSTPONED
06 January 2015
Please note that following the sad passing of Rowland Beaney just prior to Christmas, his memorial service is being held on 13th January. As many involved with the CAAV examinations wish to attend, we have decided to postpone the Examinations Conference that was due to take place on that date. A new date will be advised in due course.