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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
SPECIALIST CROP PRODUCER
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the CAAV at email@example.com.
Further details are included in the attached press release.
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
21 December 2016
The CAAV office will be closed for the Christmas break from Wednesday 21st December, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.