15 December 2011
The High Court has given permission for a Judicial Review of the Government's plans to cut the Feed-in Tariff rates for solar pv. The review, which will take place next week (20th and 21st December) will consider whether the decision to cut the tariffs with effect from 12th December, before the consultation on the proposal closes, was lawful. The action is brought by Friends of the Earth with two solar pv companies.
14 December 2011
Caroline Spelman has announced that a controlled cull of badgers will go ahead as part of a package of measures to control bovine TB. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.
09 December 2011
The Chief Executive of Natural England, Dr Helen Philips, is to take up a new role as Executive Director of Yorkshire Water from 1st March 2012. Further information is available on the Natural England website.
08 December 2011
The National Assembly for Wales has approved the Welsh Government Budget 2012-13. A response from Jane Hutt, Wales' Finance Minister, is available on the Welsh Assembly Government website.
05 December 2011
Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said that 75% of Single Farm Payments will be made within 15 days of the opening of the payment window on 1st December. See the Scottish Government website for more details.
28 November 2011
Alun Davies, Wales' Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, has announced that 88 per cent of farmers (14,596 claims) in Wales will receive their Single Payment Scheme (SPS) 2011 payment when the payment window opens later this week on 1st December. Further information is available on the Welsh Assembly Government website.
10 November 2011
DEFRA has announced that £20 million funding is to be made available via a new Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS). Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 will be available for qualifying capital items. Further information is available on the DEFRA website. A guidance booklet on the FFIS is also available on the DEFRA website. The application form for applications under the first round should be available to download from 16th November 2011 when the application period opens. It closes on 17th January 2012.
01 November 2011
As part of the commitments laid out under the Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) published earlier this year, DEFRA has offered funding to twenty-two Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs). Further information and a list of the areas that have been awarded funding may be found on the DEFRA website.
28 October 2011
DEFRA has announced the first new members of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, the formation of which was announced on 26th April 2011. The Board is chaired by Michael Seals who was appointed in August. The new members are Stewart Houston, Stuart Roberts, Mark Tufnell and Tim Morris. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.
17 October 2011
Please note that this CAAV briefing is now FULLY BOOKED. CAP reform post-2013 will however form part of the 2012 CAAV Spring Briefings:-
- Friday 24th February - Belton Woods, Lincolnshire
- Thursday 8th March - The Gables Hotel, Falfield, Near Bristol
Further details and booking forms for the 2012 CAAV Spring Briefings will be available in due course.