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.
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.
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.
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.
17 December 2012
Natural England has announced that HLS has seen the start of its 10,000th agreement which signifies a "major landmark". This sees HLS covering more than 977,000 hectares of land in England. Further information is available on the Natural England website.
04 December 2012
The RPA has made 2012 SPS Entitlements Statements available via SPS Online. They may be viewed even if the 2012 SPS claim was submitted on a paper SP5 form, although there are a "small number of cases" where the Entitlements Statements may not as yet be available due to ongoing work. Further information is available on the RPA website.
30 November 2012
HM Treasury has announced that £120 million of new funding will be available to speed up the delivery of 50 planned flood defence schemes and to deliver new flood defences in areas where that will assist economic growth. More detail is available on the HM Treasury website.
23 November 2012
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that the Government has reached a Coalition Agreement which will see the introduction of the Energy Bill next week. Further information is available on the DECC website.
19 November 2012
The TFA has launched a dedicated service for tenant farmers in Wales. TFA Cymru will focus on representation and policy work in Wales. A TFA Cymru Recommended Professionals panel has also been established. Further information is available on the TFA website.
01 November 2012
If you have not yet completed the 2012 CAAV Fees Survey, please send your responses in now! We will accept responses until Friday 9th November.
23 October 2012
DEFRA has confirmed that the proposed badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset are to be postponed until summer 2013. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.
16 October 2012
From 17th October, a new Government website GOV.UK will replace the Directgov and Business Link websites. This should not affect the use of services such as SPS Online or CTS Online which can be accessed via either the new GOV.UK website or the former Business Link webpage addresses. Further information is available on the RPA website.
08 October 2012
Dr Emyr Roberts has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Welsh Government's new natural resources body. His appointment takes effect from 1st November 2012. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.
28 September 2012
The RPA has confirmed that the Euro exchange rate to be used for the calculation of 2012 SPS payments will be €1 = £0.79805 (SPS 2011 saw €1 = £0.86665). The rate is the last one set by the European Central Bank in September. Further information is available on the RPA website.
12 September 2012
It has been reported in the press that the Badger Trust has lost its appeal against the badger cull in England. The rejection was unanimous at yesterday afternoon's Court of Appeal hearing. Further information is available on the BBC and Farmers Guardian websites.
05 September 2012
Further to our news report yesterday, it now seems to be confirmed that David Heath MP was appointed yesterday as Minister for State for DEFRA, replacing Jim Paice MP. His ministerial portfolio is yet to be made available. Please see the DEFRA website for further information.
04 September 2012
There are as yet unconfirmed reports in the press that Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has been replaced in the Cabinet reshuffle by the Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, David Heath.
04 September 2012
Owen Paterson has replaced Caroline Spelman as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Cabinet reshuffle announced on 4th September 2012.
02 August 2012
The Welsh Government has announced that Professor Peter Matthews will chair the new Single Environmental Body in Wales. This Body is to bring together the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission for Wales as a single organisation from 1st April 2013. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.
31 July 2012
The new CAAV Model Farm Business Tenancy agreement, plus a Commentary text and Check List, are now available to CAAV members to download from the website.