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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.

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.

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.

HLS sees start of 10,000th agreement

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.

2012 SPS Entitlements Statements available to view on SPS Online

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.

£120 million of new funding for flood defences

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.

Government agreement on energy policy

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.

TFA Cymru launched

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.

2012 CAAV Fees Survey - Final Reminder!

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.

Badger cull postponed

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.

New GOV.UK website replaces Directgov and Business Link from 17th October

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.

Wales appoints Chief Executive for new natural resources body

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.

Euro exchange rate set for 2012 SPS payments

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.

Badger Trust loses Court of Appeal challenge against badger cull

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.

David Heath MP replaces Jim Paice at DEFRA

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.

Unconfirmed reports that Jim Paice is replaced by Lib Dem David Heath

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.

Owen Paterson appointed as Secretary of State for DEFRA

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.

Wales appoints Chair for Welsh Single Environmental Body

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.

CAAV Model FBT now available

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.

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