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CAAV Business Rates Conference: 14th June 2017

20 April 2017

The CAAV is holding a conference on Business Rates for Agricultural Valuers on 14th June 2017 at the Arden Hotel, Solihull. Full details and a booking form are available in the Events section of the CAAV website.

MPs approve General Election on 8th June 2017

19 April 2017

MPs voted this afternoon on Prime Minister Theresa May's motion for a general election to be held on 8th June 2017. It has been approved by 522 votes to 13, so will go ahead.

PM calls a General Election on 8th June 2017

18 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will move a motion in the House of Commons tomorrow (19th April) calling for a general election on 8th June 2017. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, any decision to call a general election must be voted on by the House of Commons. To go ahead, it will require a two-thirds majority vote. Prime Minister Theresa May's full statement can be viewed on the BBC website.

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered - Prime Minister's Statement

29 March 2017

Prime Minister, Theresa May, has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty earlier today which starts the formal negotiation process for Brexit. She made a statement to the House of Commons which can be viewed on the Parliament UK website.

Avian Flu: Further Case Found Near Redgrave, Suffolk

03 March 2017

A further case of the H5N8 strain of avian flu has been found on premises near Redgrave in Suffolk. Please see the GOV.UK website for further information.

Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 - Open for Nominations

03 March 2017

Do you know a farmer or adviser who deserves to be nominated for the Farmers Weekly Awards? Farmers Weekly is calling for nominations in all 15 of its categories. Anyone can submit a nomination simply by going to the Awards website at http://awards.fwi.co.uk and clicking on "Enter the Awards". The closing date for nominations is 30th April 2017.

The award categories for 2017 are:

AG STUDENT

ARABLE FARMER

BEEF FARMER

CONTRACTOR

DAIRY FARMER

DIVERSIFICATION

FARM ADVISER

FARM MANAGER

FARMWORKER

MIXED FARMER

PIG FARMER

POULTRY FARMER

SHEEP FARMER

SPECIALIST CROP PRODUCER

YOUNG FARMER

Applications invited for Board Members for National Parks and AONBs

27 February 2017

Applications are being invited for appointments to six English National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and the Chilterns and Cotswolds AONB Conservation Boards. The positions will require a commitment of between 1 and 4 days per month, depending on the appointment and while they are not remunerated, allowances may be paid. Further details are available on the Cabinet Office website and the closing date for applications is 22nd March 2017.

CAAV Office - No Emails Received on 23rd February Due to Powercut

24 February 2017

Now that power has been restored at the CAAV Central office following yesterday's powercut during the severe winds, it seems that any emails sent to one of our @caav.org.uk email addresses from 9.30 a.m. yesterday (23rd February) until around 8.30 a.m. this morning (24th February) have not been received as our server was down. Anyone who sent an email during this period should have received a bounce-back message. If that is the case, please do re-send the email to ensure it has reached us.

A new agricultural lease for Northern Ireland

13 February 2017

The CAAV and the Northern Ireland Rural Valuers Association (NIRVA) launched a model agricultural lease for use in Northern Ireland at a meeting of professional advisers, farming representatives, civil servants, bankers and others in Antrim on 1st February 2017.

The model lease is available from the CAAV and NIRVA as well as their members. To find a NIRVA member near you who can advise on the lease, contact the NIRVA Secretary at mstuart@abercorn-estates.com or the CAAV at enquire@caav.org.uk.

Further details are included in the attached press release.

Ecosystem services: more eco-babble or a business opportunity? BESS Internship Briefing Note

26 January 2017

The attached briefing note has been produced by Charlotte Parkin as an intern for the Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programme to inform both CAAV members and the wider public of the opportunities for payments for ecosystem services (PES) and the role agents have to play in facilitating such agreements.

The CAAV is grateful to Charlotte Parkin, Dave Raffaelli and Piran White for their expertise and time given in the production this note.  

BESS Internship Briefing Note

CAAV Office Closure for Christmas and New Year

21 December 2016

The CAAV office will be closed for the Christmas break from Wednesday 21st December, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Letting Agents' Fees to Tenants to be Abolished

23 November 2016

The Chancellor has announced in his Autumn Statement that a ban will be introduced to prevent letting agents from charging fees to tenants, bringing England into line with the position in Scotland. The Dept of Communities and Local Government is to publish a consultation on the proposals in due course.

New Shadow Minister for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

11 October 2016

Mary Glindon MP has been appointed the new Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is the Labour MP for North Tyneside and has served on the EFRA Committee since 2010.

Government gives go-ahead to fracking in Lancashire

06 October 2016

The Government has overturned Lancashire County Council's decision on fracking, giving the go-ahead for Cuadrilla's site at Little Plumpton. A decision on the second Cuadrilla site is awaited.

CAAV meets Defra Ministers to discuss Brexit

08 September 2016

Jeremy Moody of the CAAV is meeting with Defra's Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, and her Ministers today (8th September) along with other farming organisations, to discuss the challenges and opportunities created by Brexit.

CAAV meets with Scottish Rural Affairs and Connectivity Secretary

25 August 2016

The CAAV has met today with the Scottish Rural Affairs and Connectivity Secretary, Fergus Ewing, in Edinburgh to discuss the implications of Brexit and progress with Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 payments. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

CAAV Young Valuers' Conference - 2nd September 2016 - BOOKINGS CLOSE TOMORROW (Members Only)

18 August 2016

Booking close for tomorrow (Friday 19th August) for the CAAV 12th Young Valuers' Conference taking place at the University of Bath on Friday 2nd September.

This is an excellent event which offers 6 hours CPD, drinks reception, black tie dinner and accommodation all for the inclusive price of £160 (inc. VAT). Don't miss out on attending this highly popular event for our younger members. This year the afternoon visit will take us to the Longleat Estate by kind permission of the Marquess of Bath and in the evening we travel to the centre of the city for the drinks reception being held in the Roman Baths, followed by dinner in the Pump Room.

The booking form and brochure can be found in the Events section of this website and we look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets are also available for non-CAAV members to attend the black tie dinner, so why not bring your friends?

Bank of England Base Rate cut to 0.25%

04 August 2016

The Bank of England has cut its base rate from 0.5% to 0.25% today, 4th August 2016. It is the first change in the base rate since March 2009.

Defra Ministerial line-up confirmed

19 July 2016

The final line-up of Defra Ministers has now been confirmed.

Andrea Leadsom is Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

George Eustice is Minister of State for Food, Farming and the Marine Environment

Therese Coffey is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. At the time of writing there is no further detail on her roled, but it is likely that she will pick up the natural environment and flooding briefs from her predecessor.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble is the Defra spokesman in the House of Lords with lead responsibility for biosecurity strategy, commercial projects, landscape and climate change adaptation.

Therese Coffey appointed as junior Defra minister

18 July 2016

Therese Coffey has been appointed as a junior minister at Defra to replace Rory Stewart, who has moved to the Department for International Development. Details of Dr Coffey's role have not yet been confirmed, but the post previously included responsibility for floods, the natural environment and rural affairs.

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