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Pilot badger cull begins

27 August 2013

The NFU has announced that the pilot badger cull has begun in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull is part of the series of measures put in place in an attempt to reduce the incidence of bovine TB in England. Further details are available on the DEFRA pages of the GOV.UK website, including a link to a letter to farmers from NFU President Peter Kendall.

HS2 Phase 2 Route Consultation

17 July 2013

The public consultation on the proposed route for HS2 Phase 2 - linking Birmingham with Manchester and Leeds - has opened today and will close on 31st January 2014. The consultation documents can be found on the HS2 website.

HS2 Safeguarding announcement

09 July 2013

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that safeguarding directions have been issued for Phase 1 of the HS2 project, from London to Birmingham. More detail is available on the Department for Transport website.

Talbot Ponsonby Prize Winner

01 July 2013

The Talbot Ponsonby Prize, given by the Royal Agricultural Society of England for the top marks in the CAAV examinations, was awarded to John Haimes at the 69th CAAV AGM in June. The runner up prize for the 2012 examinations was Simon Brown.

CAAV Annual Conference and 69th AGM

01 July 2013

James O'Brien of Brown and Co in Lincolnshire was elected President of the CAAV at the 2013 Annual Conference and 69th AGM held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor, on 28th June. Michael Mashiter, from North West Auctions in Kendal was elected as Senior Vice President and Charles Meynell of Fisher German in Stafford was elected as Junior Vice President.

The AGM concluded two days of interesting visits and speakers attended by some 160 or so members. On Thursday delegates visited the Home Park at Windsor, Ascot Racecourse and Savill Gardens by kind permission of the Crown Estate. On Friday a range of speakers debated whether, for agriculture, the glass was half full or half empty. Speakers included Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs at DEFRA; David Christensen, an Oxfordshire dairy farmer and Peter Williams of Michelmores solicitors, editor of Scammell and Densham's Law of Agricultural Holdings.

A full report on the AGM and conference will appear in the September edition of the CAAV News Letter.

DEFRA approves extension of GM wheat trial

14 June 2013

DEFRA has approved the extension of a GM wheat trial by Rothamstead Research. Further information is available on the Government website.

HS2 Draft Environmental Statement published

16 May 2013

The Department for Transport has published the draft Environmental Statement and proposed design refinements for HS2 phase one - the section from London to Birmingham. Both documents are now open for public consultation until 11th July 2013.

RPA to be affected by industrial action on Wednesday 15th May

14 May 2013

It is likely that the RPA will be affected by planned industrial action by the Public and Commercial Services Union on Wednesday 15th May. The Customer Service Centre (CSC) may not be operating a normal service. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Change of Use for offices and redundant agricultural buildings

09 May 2013

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has today announced that regulations are to be laid before Parliament to allow the change of use of offices (B1(a)) to dwellings (C3) without a full planning application. Provision will also be made to allow the change of use of redundant agricultural buildings of less than 500m2 to a range of business uses. We will post further information once the Regulations have been published and more detail is known.

Avian Influenza case in East Anglia

18 April 2013

DEFRA has reported that a case of Avian Influenza has been identified at a poultry farm in East Anglia. Initial tests suggest that the case does not involved the more dangerous H5 or H7 strains.

RPA to be affected by industrial action on Friday 5th April

04 April 2013

The RPA will be affected tomorrow (Friday 5th April) by industrial action planned by the Public and Commercial Services Union. This is most likely to disrupt the Customer Service Centre (CSC). For further information, please see the RPA website.

Chancellor delivers Budget

20 March 2013

The Chancellor has delivered his Budget to Parliament today. Further details can be found on HM Treasury website. Briefing for members will be available in the Members' Area in due course.

DEFRA confirms pilot badger culls to go ahead this summer

27 February 2013

Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has today confirmed at the NFU annual conference that the two pilot badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset will go ahead this summer. Authorisation letters have been issued by Natural England to the pilot cull areas.


A reserve pilot area in Dorset is also being prepared in case of any issues with the two main pilot areas that may prevent one of them being used. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Welcome to the new CAAV website

23 February 2013

Welcome to the new CAAV website. It has been completely re-designed following members' feedback and we hope you will find it a more user friendly professional tool.

Make CAAV website your home page - If you previously had the website set as your home page, it is likely that you will need to re-set that which can be done via the What's New page.

You may find that the RSS feeds capability is not currently available - that is subject to some further development and should be available shortly.

CAAV e-mails

19 February 2013

We have recently experienced problems with the CAAV e-mail system, which has been delivering e-mails several weeks after they were originally sent. This includes an e-mail reminder about subscriptions which was sent out on 24th January, but only received by some members this week. We apologise for any confusion or upset that this has caused and we are working to fix the problem.

HS2 Phase 2 routes to Leeds and Manchester

28 January 2013

The Department for Transport has published its preferred route for Phase 2 of HS2 - the links from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, plus the Heathrow spur. Details can be found on the Government website.

New Year Honours List 2013

03 January 2013

48 people involved in the farming industry and environmental management have been recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours List. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Environment Secretary addresses Oxford Farming Conference

03 January 2013

The Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has addressed the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference. His speech may be viewed on the DEFRA website.

DFERA appoints interim Chair of the Forestry Commission

18 December 2012

Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed as the interim Chair of the Forestry Commission. This role is to continue until 30th June 2013. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Fraudsters targeting SPS 2012 payment recipients

17 December 2012

The RPA and the Welsh Government have issued warnings of fraudsters targeting recipients of SPS 2012 payments. It seems that telephone calls are being made by people claiming to be the farmer's bank, asking for banking details. Please see the RPA website for further information.

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