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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.

An Overview of the New Cabinet

14 July 2016

Following the appointments made by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, last night and today, the Cabinet has been confirmed as follows:-

  • Chancellor - Philip Hammond
  • Foreign Secretary - Boris Johnson
  • Home Secretary - Amber Rudd
  • 'Brexit' Secretary - David Davis
  • Defence Secretary - Michael Fallon
  • International Trade - Liam Fox
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Leader of the Lords - Baroness Evans
  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Gayling
  • Culture Secretary - Karen Bradley
  • Environment Secretary - Andrea Leadsom
  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Communities and Local Government - Sajid Javid
  • Northern Ireland Secretary - James Brokenshaw
  • Welsh Secretary - Alun Cairns
  • Scottish Secretary - David Mundell
  • Party Chairman - Patrick McLoughlin
  • Leader of the Commons - David Lidington
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Greg Clark
  • International Development - Priti Patel

New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

14 July 2016

It has been announced that Greg Clark has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in charge of a new Department which merges the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Responsibility for universities moves from DBIS back to the Department for Education.

Leadsom appointed as Environment Secretary

14 July 2016

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Environment Secretary, replacing Liz Truss.

Other appointments made:-

  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Grayling

Further Cabinet Appointments Made

14 July 2016

Following last night's announcements, Theresa May has continued to form her Cabinet today:-

  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Chief Whip - Gavin Williamson
  • Conservative Party chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Patrick McLoughlin

UK Interest Rates held at 0.5%

14 July 2016

14th July 2016: The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at 0.5%, despite speculation that they may have been cut.

Cabinet Reshuffle - The Story So Far

13 July 2016

The new Cabinet announcements made this evening have been:-

  • Chancellor - Philip Hammond
  • Foreign Secretary - Boris Johnson
  • Home Secretary - Amber Rudd
  • Brexit Secretary - David Davis
  • International Trade Secretary - Liam Fox
  • Defence Secretary - Michael Fallon remains in this role

It is unlikely that there will be any further announcements made today in terms of Cabinet membership.

Davis appointed as new Brexit Secretary

13 July 2016

David Davis has been appointed as the Brexit Secretary heading up a newly created Brexit department.

Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, is new Home Secretary

13 July 2016

Amber Rudd has been confirmed as the new Home Secretary. Her former role was as Energy and Climate Change Secretary 

Hammond appointed as new Chancellor

13 July 2016

Following Theresa May taking up the role of Prime Minister earlier today, she has begun to announce her new Cabinet and has appointed Philip Hammond, the former Foreign Secretary, as the new Chancellor following the resignation of George Osborne. Boris Johnson has been given the role of Foreign Secretary.

Leadsom withdraws from Conservative leadership election

11 July 2016

Andrea Leadsom has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership election earlier today, leaving Theresa May as the only remaining candidate. The Conservative Party board will now be consulted before Mrs May is formally confirmed as the new party leader. Further information is available on the BBC News webpages.

Scotland has made BPS 2015 payments to more than 17,700 claimants

01 July 2016

The Scottish Rural Economy Secretary has today confirmed that over 17,700 claimants have received their BPS 2015 payment. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

BVD Free Campaign launches in England

01 July 2016

A voluntary scheme has been launched today in England to help with the eradication of bovine viral disease (BVD). Farmers are being encouraged to sign up to the scheme. Further information can be found on the BVD Free website.

Boris Johnson is not pursuing Conservative leadership role

30 June 2016

Boris Johnson has given a speech earlier today in which he ruled himself out of the Conservative Party leadership role. Nominations for candidates closed at noon today and the five candidates are:-

  • Theresa May
  • Stephen Crabb
  • Liam Fox
  • Michael Gove
  • Andrea Leadsom

The first vote from MPs is due to take place next Tuesday (5th July 2016) with the candidate with the fewest votes being eliminated. A further vote should then take place next Thursday (7th July 2016) and if more than two candidates remain at that stage, the voting will continue until only two candidates remain. Those two candidates are then put forward for a vote by the wider membership of the Conservative Party and a new leader should then be elected. The Conservative Party board has recommended that the new leader be declared on 9th September 2016. For further information, please see the BBC News webpages.

Permanent Secretary appointed as head for new EU Unit

30 June 2016

Oliver Robbins has been appointed as Permanent Secretary of the new EU Unit in the Cabinet Office. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

New shadow Defra Minister announced

27 June 2016

Labour has announced that the former Shadow Defra Minister, Kerry McCarthy, has resigned. She has been replaced by Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, whose background is in health and the NHS.

CAAV AGM 2016 elects new Presidential Team

27 June 2016

The 2016 CAAV AGM, held at the Alton Towers Resort Hotel in Staffordshire, saw the election of a new Presidential Team for 2016/17. The new President is Nick Millard from Somerset, who works with Michelmore Hughes and lectures at Reading University. The Senior Vice-President, James Dick, is based in Aberdeen, where his runs his own consultancy business. Geoff Coster, of the Valuation Office Agency in Shropshire, was elected as Junior Vice-President.

Wales confirms success of BPS 'online-only' applications

09 June 2016

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the first year of BPS 'online-only' applications has been a success with 16,252 applications received by 16th May 2016 deadline. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

Carwyn Jones appointed as First Minister in Wales

18 May 2016

Carwyn Jones has been appointed as First Minister in Wales. Further details of the election results can be found on the National Assembly for Wales website.

National Trust seeks farming tenant for Great Orme for £1 annual rent

18 May 2016

The National Trust is looking for a farming tenant to take on a 10 year Farm Business Tenancy at Parc Farm, Great Orme in North Wales. The rent will be £1 per annum as the farm has to be managed with a specific focus on conservation. Further information about applying for the tenancy is available on the National Trust website. A shortlist will be drawn up during mid-June with interviews being held on 5th July 2016.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary resigns in Cabinet reshuffle

18 May 2016

The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has resigned from the Cabinet and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Fergus Ewing as Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Roseanna Cunningham as Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. . A full list of the new Scottish Cabinet can be found on the Scottish Government website.

CAAV meets EU Commissioner Phil Hogan

13 May 2016

CAAV Secretary and Adviser Jeremy Moody met the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, in Brussels yesterday and presented him with a copy of the CAAV text 'Tenancies, Conacre and Licences: Arrangements for Occupying Agricultural Land in Northern Ireland'. Jeremy had travelled to Brussels from Belfast where he had been meeting representatives of the accountancy profession to discuss the taxation implications for landowners of longer term tenancies for farms and land.

Jeremy Moody was in Brussels with James Dick, CAAV Junior Vice President and Andrew Coney, Chairman of the CAAV Valuation, Compensation and Taxation Committee for the Spring Assembly of The European Group of Valuers' Associations (TEGoVA).

RPA confirms 82% of BPS 2015 claimants paid

07 March 2016

The RPA has confirmed that, as at 29th February 2016, more than 71,700 BPS 2015 claimants (over 82% of the total 87,095 claimants). The total amount paid by then was £1.13 billion out of the total estimated fund of £1.43 billion. Payments have started to be made to those with common land as well as some inspection cases. The RPA has again stated that: "Almost all" farmers due a payment should be paid by the end of March 2016, but that "a few thousand of the more complex cases" will take "slightly longer, as they did under SPS". Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

RPA launches Rural Payments service for BPS 2016 applications

07 March 2016

The Rural Payments service has been made available for farmers and agents to start online BPS 2016 applications. It is now possible to view and transfer land and entitlements, as well as check personal and business details and give permission for someone else to submit the BPS 2016 claim. It will not be possible to submit completed claims until around mid-March. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

RPA should have made BPS 2015 payments to "almost all" farmers by the end of March

23 February 2016

The RPA has issued a further news release this afternoon confirming that "almost all" BPS 2015 claimants should have received a payment by the end of March 2016. As of today, 70,880 claimants had been paid £1.11 billion. The news release can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Environment Secretary delivers speech at NFU Conference

23 February 2016

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, has delivered a speech at the National Farmers' Union (NFU) conference earlier today. Her speech is available on the GOV.UK website.

Scotland awards £2 million to projects under the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund

16 February 2016

The Scottish Government has awarded £2 million to fund farming projects under the Rural Development Programme's Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF). Grants have been awarded to:

  • QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds for the establishment of 9 innovative Monitor Farms in Scotland
  • SAC Commercial for a project looking at improbving lamb survival and farm profitability
  • SAOS for a pilot of an innovative and interative farm-focused lean management approach
  • AHDB Potatoes to develop a Strategic Potato Farm 
  • Wholesome Pigs Scotland Ltd to develop innovative uses of emerging technologies to improve pig production.

Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Farmers urged to check stock for bluetongue symptoms

15 February 2016

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is urging farmers to carefully monitor stock for any symptoms of Bluetongue. This follows an increased risk of the UK experiencing an outbreak this spring/summer as a result of midges being blown across from France where the disease is present. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Scottish Government announces Farming Hardship Scheme

14 February 2016

Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has announced the provision of a Farming Hardship scheme to assist farmers and crofters with accessing loans whilst awaiting their BPS 2015 payment. Whilst speaking at the National Farmers Union of Scotland annual conference last week, he confirmed that over 7,300 BPS 2015 claimants had been paid (out of a total of over 18,000 claims). Details of the Farming Hardship scheme are awaited. Please see the Rural Payments and Services website for further information.

RPA continues progress with BPS 2015 payments

12 February 2016

The RPA has issued a further update about progress with making BPS 2015 payments. 68,572 (78.7%) farmers have now been paid a total of £1.043 billion (out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion). Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

RPA issues another update on progress with BPS 2015 payments

03 February 2016

The RPA has issued another update on progress with making BPS 2015 payments. As at 31st January 2016, 66,800 claimants (77% of the total claimant population) have received a payment. The amount paid is just over £1 billion of the estimated total BPS fund of £1.43 billion. RPA Chief Executive, Mark Grimshaw, has said that the aim is "to have paid almost all eligible farmers by the end of March with a few thousand of the more complex cases taking slightly longer". Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Right to Rent Checks start from 1st February 2016

01 February 2016

From 1st February 2016, landlords of let residential property in England will have to establish that new tenants (and all other adults who will be living in the property) have an immigration status which allows them the right to rent in the UK. Government guidance on how to make the necessary checks is available on the GOV.UK website and CAAV members can find more detail in the Members Documents section of this website, under England / Property Management (Residential and Commercial) / Residential Lettings.

Scotland issues update on BPS 2015 payments

30 January 2016

The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has confirmed that over 5,000 claimants should now have received a first instalment of their BPS 2015 payment (75% Basic Payment and 90% Greening). This represents almost 30 per cent of the total claimant population in Scotland (approximately18,000). Further information is available on the Scottish Government website. Where there are hardship cases, the customer helpline should be contacted on 0300 300 2222.

RPA gives further update on progress with BPS 2015 payments

27 January 2016

The RPA has given a further update this afternoon on its progress with making BPS 2015 payments. 61,172 claimants have been paid which represents over 70% of the total claimant population of 87,095 (this was just over 57,700 as at 19th January 2016). The total value of payments made now stands at over £845 million out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion (this was £779 million as at 19th January 2016). Therefore an additional 3,472 claimants have been paid £66 million since 19th January 2016. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

RPA issues update on BPS payments in England

19 January 2016

The RPA has advised that it has paid another 11,300 claimants so far in January. Some 57,700 claimants (approximately 66% of the total claimant population) have been paid to date. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Environment Secretary gives speech at Oxford Farming Conference

06 January 2016

Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, has given a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference today. The speech can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Avian Flu confirmed in Lancashire

13 July 2015

DEFRA has confirmed that a case of H7N7 avian flu has been found in Lancashire. The temporary control zone imposed on Friday has now been replaced by a 3 kilometre protection zone and a 10 kilometre surveillance zone. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

New Permanent Secretary for DEFRA appointed

02 July 2015

Clare Moriarty, the current Director General at the Rail Executive in the Department for Transport, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary for DEFRA. She will take up the post this summer and replaces Bronwyn Hill. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

New Presidential Team at CAAV

29 June 2015

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) elected its new Presidential Team for 2015/16 at its AGM and Conference in Windermere on 26th June 2015. The newly elected CAAV President is Charles Meynell of Fisher German in Stafford, who will be supported by Senior Vice-President Nick Millard, of Michelmore Hughes in Somerset and Junior Vice-President James Dick, who has his own consultancy business in Aberdeenshire.

DEFRA appointments

12 May 2015

George Eustice is to continue at DEFRA as Minister of State and Rory Stewart (MP for Penrith and the Border) joins the Department as Parliamentary Under Secretary. It has already been confirmed that Liz Truss continues as Secretary of State.

Ministerial Appointments

11 May 2015

Liz Truss is to continue as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the new Conservative Government. Patrick McLoughlin continues as Transport Secretary. Greg Clark becomes Secretary of State at DCLG and Amber Rudd is the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Sajid Javid moves to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is replaced at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by John Whittingdale.

 

Parliament to be dissolved on Monday 30th March

27 March 2015

Parliament was prorogued on Thursday 26th March, bringing to an end all Parliamentary business. It will be formally dissolved on Monday 30th March in preparation for the General Election on Thursday 7th May.

Low severity avian flu confirmed at farm in Hampshire

03 February 2015

A low severity (H7 strain) case of avian flu has been confirmed in chickens on a farm in Hampshire. A 1 km movement restriction zone has been imposed around the farm. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

CAAV CAP Briefings - BPS 2015 and the new online Rural Payments system

07 January 2015

The CAAV is holding three full day briefings in England covering BPS 2015, the new online Rural Payments system and changes to the Cross Compliance rules for 2015. The dates and venues are:-

- 27th January - Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

- 30th January - The Pavilions, Harrogate

- 5th February - The Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon

Further information and booking form may be found in the Events section of this website.

CAAV Examinations Conference - 13th January POSTPONED (Members Only)

06 January 2015

Please note that following the sad passing of Rowland Beaney just prior to Christmas, his memorial service is being held on 13th January. As many involved with the CAAV examinations wish to attend, we have decided to postpone the Examinations Conference that was due to take place on that date. A new date will be advised in due course.

New Scottish Government Cabinet announced

21 November 2014

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced her new Cabinet. Richard Lochhead MSP remains as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. Further details are available on the Scottish Government website.

HS3 proposals announced

27 October 2014

The Prime Minister has supported proposals in Sir David Higgins' latest report to develop "HS3" - a high speed rail link between northern cities to improve east-west connections. The Government press release can be found on the GOV.UK website. The Higgins report is expected to be published later today (Monday 27th October 2014).

Natural England website moves to GOV.UK

15 October 2014

Natural England's website has moved over to GOV.UK as part of the alignment of all Government bodies in one website. The Natural England pages can be accessed from www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england.

RPA publishes results of annual customer survey

17 September 2014

The RPA has published the results of their latest annual customer satisfaction. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

RPA changes telephone number from 0845 prefix to 0345

16 September 2014

The RPA has changed its telephone number prefix from 0845 to 0345 in a move away from higher rate telephone numbers. The new number for the RPA CSC is 0345 603 7777. The 0845 and 0345 numbers will run concurently until 1st October 2014. After 1st October, only the 0345 numbers will be available. Further information is available on the RPA page on GOV.UK.

Badger Trust granted permission to appeal High Court ruling

11 September 2014

The Badger Trust has been granted permission to appeal the High Court ruling against it that found it was lawful for the Secretary of State to have decided to go ahead with the badger cull pilots without a panel of independent experts. Further information is available on the Badger Trust website.

New EU Agriculture Commissioner confirmed

10 September 2014

It has been confirmed earlier today that the next EU Agriculture Commissioner will be Fine Gael's Phil Hogan. The proposed new Commission will be considered at a plenary session of the European Parliament in October where it could be appproved or rejected. It is due to take up office from 1st November 2014. 

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - Young Valuers' Conference 2014

09 September 2014

Bookings for this year's Young Valuers' Conference in Leicestershire have been extended to this Thursday 11th September. Don't miss out on what is always an extremely enjoyable event and useful networking opportunity. Further information and booking form are available in the Events section of this website.

2014 CAAV Young Valuers' Conference - Bookings Close 5th September

28 August 2014

There is not long left to book your place at the 11th CAAV Young Valuers Conference which is taking place at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire on Friday 19th September. Bookings close on Friday 5th September, so don't miss out on attending this highly popular event for our members aged 40 and under.

This is an excellent event which offers 6 hours CPD (including a visit to the Arbury Estate), along with a drinks reception and Medieval banquet in the historical Coombe Abbey's Abbeygate Baronial Hall, and hotel accommodaion all for the inclusive price of £150 (inc. VAT). Partners and friends are very welcome to attend the drinks reception and banquet.

This is the first time that the event has been based at a hotel which offers many facilities including a Health and Leisure Club with sauna, steam room, spa and swimming pool.

The booking form and brochure are available in the Events section of this website.

 

Liz Truss confirmed as new Secretary of State at DEFRA

15 July 2014

Liz Truss MP replaces Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Cabinet Reshuffle announced on Tuesday 15th July. Mrs Truss is the MP for South West Norfolk and was previously the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education.

CAAV AGM and Conference 2014

30 June 2014

"Putting Success into Succession" was the theme of the CAAV Annual Conference, held in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 26th and 27th June 2014 and hosted by CAAV President James O'Brien of Brown and Co. Members and guests enjoyed visits to Lincoln Cathedral and Doddington Estate on the Thursday, followed by a black tie dinner at Belton Woods Hotel. On Friday a range of speakers from agriculture, academia and the professions discussed the importance of succession planning for farm businesses and considered ways to help clients approach this vital topic.

The event concluded with the 70th AGM of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, at which Michael Mashiter of NWA Professional and Property in Kendal was elected President. Charles Meynell from Staffordshire and Nick Millard from Western Counties were elected Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President respectively.

A full report will appear in the September edition of the CAAV News Letter.

Land Registry Phishing Email

13 February 2014

Members have reported receiving suspicious email which purports to come from Land Registry, seeking payment. Land Registry are aware of the scam and have information on their website about the issue. Caution is advised in dealing with any such email, particularly in respect of attachments, which may contain harmful viruses or malware.

Summary Guide to Scottish Agricultural Rent Reviews

13 January 2014

The Summary Guide to Scottish Rent Reviews, published by the CAAV, SAAVA and RICS Scotland, can be downloaded from the link below. The full publication, A Practitioner's Guide to Scottish Agricultural Rent Reviews, is available to purchase via the CAAV online shop at a cost of £80 to non-members. CAAV members may order a copy free of charge by contacting the office.

Download the Summary Guide to Scottish Agricultural Rent Reviews.

Gloucestershire badger cull extension - legal challenge launched (Members Only)

26 November 2013

The campaign being led by Brian May, Save Me, has served a High Court action earlier today against the extension to the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire. Further details are available on the Save Me website.

Eustice confirmed as Farming Minister

16 October 2013

Following the sacking of former Farming Minister David Heath last week, and the appointment of George Eustice MP and Dan Rogerson MP to the DEFRA Ministerial team, it has now been confirmed that George Eustice will be the Farming Minister. Further information is available on the GOV.uk website.

Farming Minister David Heath sacked in reshuffle

07 October 2013

It is being reported that Farming Minister David Heath has been sacked from his post at DEFRA in the Government reshuffle. Two Cornish MPs, Conservative George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth) and Liberal Democrat Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall) have each been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretaries to DEFRA. Richard Benyon earlier stood down as Environment and Fisheries Minister.

Welsh Government Ministerial CAP Reform Direct Payments Consultation - Q & A Meeting - 26th September POSTPONED

24 September 2013

The Ministerial CAP Reform Q & A meeting on the Welsh Direct Payments consultation that was arranged for the evening of 26th September at the Glen Yr Afon House Hotel in Usk has had to be POSTPONED as the Minister for Natural Resources and Food will now be unavailable. The meeting will now take place on Thursday 24th October at the same venue at 7.30 p.m.

CAAV computer systems - possible disruption 12th September

11 September 2013

Planned work to the CAAV computer systems will take place on Thursday 12th September and may cause some disruption. If you have difficulties in contacting the CAAV by e-mail on Thursday, please telephone the office on 01594 832979.

CAAV Young Valuers' Conference and Banquet - 27th September - Cirencester - Bookings Close 13th September

10 September 2013

The 10th CAAV Young Valuers' Conference is being held on Friday 27th September at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. With the usual array of speakers and afternoon visit, the day delivers 6 hours CPD. To mark the tenth year of this event, the evening sees a black tie banquet where we are pleased to welcome Alex James (Bassist with the band Blur and award-winning cheesemaker) as the after-dinner speaker. Partners and friends are most welcome to come along to the Banquet. Bookings close this Friday (13th September). Further details and the booking form are available in the Events section of this website.

CAAV Young Valuers' Conference and Banquet - 27th September - Cirencester - Bookings Close 13th September

10 September 2013

The 10th CAAV Young Valuers' Conference is being held on Friday 27th September at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. With the usual array of speakers and afternoon visit, the day delivers 6 hours CPD. To mark the tenth year of this event, the evening sees a black tie banquet where we are pleased to welcome Alex James (Bassist with the band Blur and award-winning cheesemaker) as the after-dinner speaker. Partners and friends are most welcome to come along to the Banquet. Bookings close this Friday (13th September). Further details and the booking form are available in the Events section of this website.

Pilot badger cull begins

27 August 2013

The NFU has announced that the pilot badger cull has begun in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull is part of the series of measures put in place in an attempt to reduce the incidence of bovine TB in England. Further details are available on the DEFRA pages of the GOV.UK website, including a link to a letter to farmers from NFU President Peter Kendall.

HS2 Phase 2 Route Consultation

17 July 2013

The public consultation on the proposed route for HS2 Phase 2 - linking Birmingham with Manchester and Leeds - has opened today and will close on 31st January 2014. The consultation documents can be found on the HS2 website.

HS2 Safeguarding announcement

09 July 2013

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that safeguarding directions have been issued for Phase 1 of the HS2 project, from London to Birmingham. More detail is available on the Department for Transport website.

Talbot Ponsonby Prize Winner

01 July 2013

The Talbot Ponsonby Prize, given by the Royal Agricultural Society of England for the top marks in the CAAV examinations, was awarded to John Haimes at the 69th CAAV AGM in June. The runner up prize for the 2012 examinations was Simon Brown.

CAAV Annual Conference and 69th AGM

01 July 2013

James O'Brien of Brown and Co in Lincolnshire was elected President of the CAAV at the 2013 Annual Conference and 69th AGM held at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor, on 28th June. Michael Mashiter, from North West Auctions in Kendal was elected as Senior Vice President and Charles Meynell of Fisher German in Stafford was elected as Junior Vice President.

The AGM concluded two days of interesting visits and speakers attended by some 160 or so members. On Thursday delegates visited the Home Park at Windsor, Ascot Racecourse and Savill Gardens by kind permission of the Crown Estate. On Friday a range of speakers debated whether, for agriculture, the glass was half full or half empty. Speakers included Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs at DEFRA; David Christensen, an Oxfordshire dairy farmer and Peter Williams of Michelmores solicitors, editor of Scammell and Densham's Law of Agricultural Holdings.

A full report on the AGM and conference will appear in the September edition of the CAAV News Letter.

DEFRA approves extension of GM wheat trial

14 June 2013

DEFRA has approved the extension of a GM wheat trial by Rothamstead Research. Further information is available on the Government website.

HS2 Draft Environmental Statement published

16 May 2013

The Department for Transport has published the draft Environmental Statement and proposed design refinements for HS2 phase one - the section from London to Birmingham. Both documents are now open for public consultation until 11th July 2013.

RPA to be affected by industrial action on Wednesday 15th May

14 May 2013

It is likely that the RPA will be affected by planned industrial action by the Public and Commercial Services Union on Wednesday 15th May. The Customer Service Centre (CSC) may not be operating a normal service. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Change of Use for offices and redundant agricultural buildings

09 May 2013

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has today announced that regulations are to be laid before Parliament to allow the change of use of offices (B1(a)) to dwellings (C3) without a full planning application. Provision will also be made to allow the change of use of redundant agricultural buildings of less than 500m2 to a range of business uses. We will post further information once the Regulations have been published and more detail is known.

Avian Influenza case in East Anglia

18 April 2013

DEFRA has reported that a case of Avian Influenza has been identified at a poultry farm in East Anglia. Initial tests suggest that the case does not involved the more dangerous H5 or H7 strains.

RPA to be affected by industrial action on Friday 5th April

04 April 2013

The RPA will be affected tomorrow (Friday 5th April) by industrial action planned by the Public and Commercial Services Union. This is most likely to disrupt the Customer Service Centre (CSC). For further information, please see the RPA website.

Chancellor delivers Budget

20 March 2013

The Chancellor has delivered his Budget to Parliament today. Further details can be found on HM Treasury website. Briefing for members will be available in the Members' Area in due course.

DEFRA confirms pilot badger culls to go ahead this summer

27 February 2013

Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has today confirmed at the NFU annual conference that the two pilot badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset will go ahead this summer. Authorisation letters have been issued by Natural England to the pilot cull areas.


A reserve pilot area in Dorset is also being prepared in case of any issues with the two main pilot areas that may prevent one of them being used. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Welcome to the new CAAV website

23 February 2013

Welcome to the new CAAV website. It has been completely re-designed following members' feedback and we hope you will find it a more user friendly professional tool.

Make CAAV website your home page - If you previously had the website set as your home page, it is likely that you will need to re-set that which can be done via the What's New page.

You may find that the RSS feeds capability is not currently available - that is subject to some further development and should be available shortly.

CAAV e-mails

19 February 2013

We have recently experienced problems with the CAAV e-mail system, which has been delivering e-mails several weeks after they were originally sent. This includes an e-mail reminder about subscriptions which was sent out on 24th January, but only received by some members this week. We apologise for any confusion or upset that this has caused and we are working to fix the problem.

HS2 Phase 2 routes to Leeds and Manchester

28 January 2013

The Department for Transport has published its preferred route for Phase 2 of HS2 - the links from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, plus the Heathrow spur. Details can be found on the Government 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.

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.

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.

CTS Online - service resumed

30 July 2012

The RPA has confirmed that following the issues being experienced with CTS Online last week and the shutdown of the system over the weekend, it is now fully functional. Further information is available on the RPA website.

CTS Online unavailable from tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime

27 July 2012

Following technical difficulties being experienced with CTS Online, the RPA has confirmed that the system will be unavailable from 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday) with the aim of restoring the full service from Monday. For further information, please see the RPA website.

RPA - Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online issues

27 July 2012

The RPA is experiencing issues with Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online. Even though CTS Online is working, any cattle information entered since the morning of Tuesday (24th July) has not yet been processed. The RPA is hoping to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Please see the RPA website for further information.

Badger Trust lodges appeal against High Court badger culling decision

20 July 2012

Following the High Court ruling on 12th July in favour of DEFRA carrying out the proposed pilot cull of badgers as part of their bovine TB Eradiction Programme, the Badger Trust yesterday lodged an appeal against this decision. They are seeking permission to appeal on three grounds which are detailed in the Badger Trust News Release.

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.