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High Court upholds DEFRA position on badger cull

12 July 2012

The Judicial Review in the High Court has upheld DEFRA's position on the proposed badger cull for bovine TB control purposes. At the time of writing, nothing has been posted on DEFRA's website, but more detail is available on the Badger Trust website.

£5 million in grants for dairy farmers

12 July 2012

DEFRA has announced that an additional £5 million will be made available under the RDPE Rural Economy Grant for projects which will increase competitiveness and add value in the dairy sector. The scheme will be launched in the autumn and further details are awaited.

CAAV AGM and Conference

29 June 2012

The 68th CAAV AGM and Conference is taking place in North Devon today (Friday 29th June). Having enjoyed an excellent dinner of local West Country produce on Thursday evening, members and guests are assembled at the Saunton Sands Hotel to hear a range of speakers on topical issues from planning reform to super-dairies. A more detailed report will follow in the next edition of the CAAV News Letter.

RASE Talbot Ponsonby Prize awarded for highest marks in CAAV examinations

29 June 2012

The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Talbot Ponsonby Prize has been awarded since 1999 to the candidate who achieved the highest marks in the CAAV examinations. This year's prize was awarded to Faye Gonzalez (N. Yorks and South Durham), with Douglas Jackson being the runner-up (Sussex and Adjoining Counties).

New CAAV Presidential team in place following the CAAV Conference and AGM

29 June 2012

The new CAAV Presidential team was voted in this afternoon at this year's very successful CAAV Conference and AGM held in Devon. The team for the forthcoming year is:-
CAAV President - Simon Pallett BSc FRICS FAAV (Berks and Oxon)
CAAV Vice-President - James O'Brien FRICS FAAV MCIArb REV (Lincolnshire)
CAAV Junior Vice-President - Michael Mashiter FRICS FAAV (Lancashire)

Fuel duty increase frozen

26 June 2012

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the proposed increase in fuel duty which was due to take effect in August will not now go ahead.

Boundary disputes

26 June 2012

A private members' bill which makes provision for the resolution of boundary disputes was laid before the House of Commons on 25th June by Dover MP, Charlie Elphicke. The Bill is due to be published before its second reading on 30th November.

RPA & BCMS telephone lines - intermittent issues now resolved

25 June 2012

The RPA iwas having intermittent issues with both the BCMS and RPA helpline numbers where some calls were getting cut off. This has now been resolved.

Changes to FiT rates to apply from 1st August

24 May 2012

The changes to the Feed-in Tariff rates for solar pv which were due to be introduced on 1st July will now come into effect on 1st August. Further information is available on the DECC website.

Drought status lifted in 19 counties

11 May 2012

The Environment Agency has confirmed that drought status has been lifted from large parts of the Midlands and south west England. Areas which remain in drought include Lincolnshire, the eastern counties, the south east and much of central southern England. Further detail is available on the Environment Agency website.

Effect of industrial action on RPA on Thursday 10th May

09 May 2012

The Public and Commercial Services Union is planning industrial action on Thursday 10th May which will affect the RPA. This is likely to cause disruption to normal services but in particular the RPA Customer Service Centre (CSC). It is hoped that the CSC will still be offering a limited service. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Milk price cuts

04 May 2012

Arla, Dairy Crest and Robert Wiseman have all cut their milk price by 2p per litre. The Dairy Crest cut takes effect from 1st May; the other cuts from 1st June.

DEFRA appoints new Chief Scientific Adviser

24 April 2012

DEFRA has appointed Professor Ian Boyd to be its new Chief Scientific Adviser. He replaces Sir Bob Watson who has been in the role for the past five years. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Channel 4 documentary seeks farm dispersal sales

23 April 2012

Channel 4 is looking to speak to farmers who are undergoing a dispersal sale, for an observational documentary series about those who work and live in the countryside.

The series will look at all aspects of country life, discovering what it means to work in agriculture and the issues and challenges that people face in their day to day lives. If you have a client who might be interested in speaking to us, or have any suggestions as to people we should contact, we would love to hear from you. We are aware that this is a very sensitive subject and one that needs to be treated with care. At the minute, we are in research stages and would simply like to have a telephone conversation. There is no pressure to take part in the series and all conversations are confidential. Please contact Natasha on natashaz@monkeykingdom.com or 020 7749 3155.

Judicial Review of Proposed Badger Cull in England

20 April 2012

The farming press is reporting that the courts have given permission for a Judicial Review of DEFRA's decision to permit a badger cull in two pilot areas of England. The application for the Review was made by the Badger Trust. More detail to follow in the Members' Documents section of the website in due course.

SPS Online - temporary issue now resolved

19 April 2012

The RPA has confirmed that the temporary issue that was being experienced with SPS Online and 2012 submissions earlier this week has now been resolved. Please see the RPA website for further information.

SPS 2012 - RPA Customer Service Centre opens at weekends for calls

19 April 2012

The RPA is opening their Customer Service Centre at weekends from this Saturday (21st April) to answer queries about SPS 2012. The RPA helpline will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays until 12th May as well as Bank Holiday Monday (7th May) and Sunday 13th May. Further information is available on the RPA website.

SPS Online - temporary issue - error message

17 April 2012

The RPA is experiencing a temporary issue with SPS Online today (17th April). This means that anyone trying to submit an application will get an error message. The RPA is recommending that applications are not submitted until they have provided a further update. Please see the RPA website for further information.

Glastir All-Wales Element application deadline extended to 23rd April 2012

13 April 2012

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the Glastir All-Wales Element (AWE) application deadline has been extended to Monday 23rd April 2012. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

Farming and Forestry Improvement Grant Scheme - first grants approved

04 April 2012

DEFRA has approved approximately 1000 Farming and Forestry Improvement Grant Scheme applications submitted during the first application round earlier this year. Successful applicants should be receiving letters over the next few weeks. Further information is available on the DEFRA website. The next application round is expected to open early May 2012.

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