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Wales: Amended Notification Requirements for Poultry and Other Captive Bird Keepers

Coming into force on 1 September 2024, The Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 require the keeper of any number of poultry or other captive birds to notify the Welsh Ministers. Previously, the Regulations only required notification of flocks of over 50 birds. The new Regulations require a person who keeps poultry or other captive birds at any premises must notify the Welsh Ministers in writing of, among others:The address and the holding number of the...

Jeremy's Blog 12th July 2024: A New Government Takes Over

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th July 2024 We have crossed a threshold, now no longer in an election campaign nor the long shadow cast ahead of it. A large majority is taking office and beginning to find the difficulties of government. We welcome Steve Reed and Daniel Zeichner to their new roles in DEFRA and wish them well. Although Labour won describing the last government in terms of chaos, it is a moment to note some of what was put in place that now...

Junior DEFRA Ministers

Two further junior ministers have been appointed to DEFRA to join the Secretary of State, Steve Reed, and Minister of State, Daniel Zeichner: Emma Hardy, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and MP for Kingston on Hull West and Haltemprice Baroness Hayman of Ullock, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Lords

240709: Poole Harbour Catchment - Nutrient Mitigation Credits from Natural England

Natural England have published details on how to apply for Nutrient Mitigation Credits for any housing development in the Poole Harbour Catchment area. The details set out who it eligible, how to calculate how many credits are required, the allocation and prioritisation of credits and how to apply for the Nutrient Mitigation Credits from Natural England. The first round of applications opens at 10am on 31st July 2024 and closes at 11:55pm on 27th August 2024. Full details can be found on the...

New DEFRA Ministers

Steve Reed was appointed as Secretary of State on Friday and, as of this morning (Monday 8th July), has Daniel Zeichner as Minister of State in DEFRA. Both held the equivalent shadow posts in opposition. Further appointments are expected soon.

Jeremy's Blog 5th July 2024: Bigger Issues

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 4th July 2024 This last day of the 2024 general election allows a moment of wider reflection before the business of the new government takes attention. Speaking to the CAAV National Conference last Friday, Jack Bobo, Director of Nottingham University's Food Systems Institute, saw the next 25 years as the most important 25 years in the global history of agriculture, the period until the still growing world population starts...

240701: England - Laying Hen Housing for Health and Welfare Grant Round 1

The Laying Hen Housing for Health and Welfare grant is available to add a veranda onto, or to upgrade or replace existing laying hen or pullet housing (for units over 1,000 birds) to improve animal health and welfare. The grant is up to 40%, between £15,000 and £500,000 per applicant business. The online checker can be used to make an initial online application. The online checker will close at 11:59pm on 18th September 2024....

Jeremy's Blog 28th June 2024: Can Development be Unlocked

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 27th June 2024 We really have to be careful what laws we write if we are not to be surprised by their effects.Here (and indeed in the USA), a surprising judgment sees the courts get attention when they have merely pointed out what the law says. In Finch v Surrey County Council, the Supreme Court has upheld, by 3 to 2, a judicial review of a 2019 permission for an oil well in Surrey because it had read Regulation 4(2) of the...

Jeremy's Blog 21st June: Election Thoughts

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 20th June 2024 A governing party’s manifesto is taken more seriously than many might suppose. The civil service will be poring over it to establish the new policy directions, No 10 conventionally checks off the pledges as progress is made and the House of Lords defers to Bills for manifesto commitments. The political debate of an election campaign then dramatises points, advancing or avoiding proposals and being...

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

The Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill has completed its Stages in the Scottish Parliament on 18th June and now awaits Royal Assent. As framework legislation, the practical detail for schemes is to come at some point in the Rural Support Plan.

EWCO Grant Deadline for Next Planting Season: 30th June

Potential applicants are reminded that England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) grant applications, aiming to plant in 2024-25, must be submitted by 30 June. This deadline does not apply to Woodland Creation Fast Track projects as these will be processed and an agreement issued within 12 weeks (60 working days) regardless of the time of year, as long as fast track eligibility criteria are met. More information is available here: England Woodland Creation Offer - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)....

Jeremy's Blog 14th June 2024: Flooding Can Bring a Dark Legacy

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 13th June 2024 We can often overlook how much our landscape has been affected by mining. It is not just coal or Cornish copper and tin. Mining has left a history from the Neolithic flint mines at Grimes Graves and copper mines at Great Orme to today’s great underground granite aggregate quarry at Glensanda in the Highlands and the massive Woodsmith polyhalite mine being hewn under the North Yorkshire Moors. Our varied...

Scam Emails

We are aware that some members have been receiving scam emails purporting to be from the CAAV offering either: A list of over 1,500 adding the AGM or A members list. They appear to be using publicly available addresses and, with a style echoing marketing agencies circulars, these are not from the CAAV. If you receive one of these scam emails, please delete it.

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Northern Ireland: Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regulations 2024

The Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Private Tenancies Regulations (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2024 have been made. They come into operation for all new private tenancies from 1 September 2024 and for other private tenancies from 1st December 2024. Minimum numbers and placing of alarms are specified in the Regulations, which permit both hard-wired and battery sealed types, provided they are compliant with BS 5839-6 and BS 50292. Further guidance from the Department for Communities...

CAAV Office Internet Service Resumed

UPDATE: Service now resumed The internet service and access to the server at the CAAV Office, Harts Barn, is temporarily down. We are hoping service will be resumed by the morning of 12th June. Whilst we wait for service to be resumed there will be no access to emails. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

SFI 2023 CLOSURE DATE - 10 JUNE

DEFRA has announced that SFI23 will close for new applications at midnight on Monday 10 June. Any application that has already been started must be submitted within 60 days of starting. Applications for the expanded SFI offer will open fully later in the summer. To apply early and access the new range of actions, those interested can complete an expression of interest survey. Applications are then to be invited to apply over the next few weeks....

Jeremy's Blog 7th June 2024: Statutory Powers and Business Agreements

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 6th June 2024 It may be an obvious point when it is put directly that statutory powers override contractual rights and obligations, even those under an agreement with the state, while actions under a contract can change the legal status of land. Equally, an Act of Parliament and legislation under it only creates the powers that it creates; the state cannot just assume it has powers. While it clearly does not feel as...

SFI 2023 Applications: Open Until Further Notice

Following earlier uncertainty (see this CAAV News Item), the RPA has now confirmed that the ability to generate and submit an application for the SFI 2023 offer will not be restricted on 6th June. Applications remain open until further notice.

SFI 2023 to Expanded SFI Transition (Updated)

It has been reported by some that agents on the RPA Helpline are advising that applications for the SFI 2023 offer are to close on 6th of June. The CAAV is working to clarify the position. The RPA stated in a blog earlier in the year that: While we’re implementing improvements to SFI and rolling out the new offer, we’ll temporarily manage access to the service from Thursday 6 June. SFI 2023 applications opened before that managed access starts might have established a place in the system...

Jeremy's Blog 31st May 2024: Innovation in Farming

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 30th May 2024 Last week’s annual Field Day in Scotland on a vegetable farm across the Tay from Dundee saw a demonstration driverless tractor. A 150hp Agxeed diesel/electric tracked tractor was directed out of the building from a console, as though it were a drone. It could then work, driverless, to a programme in a predefined field, a next step in precision farming. Such technology, developing for some time, is beginning to...

Transition from SFI 2023 to the Expanded SFI - Scheme Rules

Members will be aware that from summer 2024, the Expanded SFI Offer is to open to applicants. This is to bring together SFI 2023 and many of the Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship options, with 102 actions to be available in total. Full detail is in our webnote of 21st May. Many of the existing SFI 2023 actions will be available under the new offer. The requirements for some of these, however, will be different under the Expanded 2024 offer (see the full list of actions here). This includes...

Jeremy's Blog 24th May 2024: The General Election is Called

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 23rd May 2024 So, the election has been triggered, precipitately resetting the cycle of government at a time of much unfinished practical business. While a new Parliament can, with time, change decided law, all outstanding policy decisions, as for DEFRA’s Higher Tier Scheme, are now for the new government once in place and briefed – and capable of going down different roads. As Parliament rises by Thursday, almost all...

Expanded SFI - DEFRA Webinar - 29th May

DEFRA is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 29 May at 11am to go through the guidance, actions and detail for the expanded SFI offer. Those wishing to join can register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom.

Jeremy's Blog 17th May 2024: The No 10 Farm to Fork Summit

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 16th May 2024 The fruit and vegetable sector is a strong contributor to the value of UK agricultural output. It has been under severe economic pressure as costs, risks and necessary working capital have risen well ahead of produce returns. Weather and labour add to the challenges. Production volumes, areas and confidence have all fallen. It is clearly magical thinking to suggest that saying the British public ought to eat...

Expanded SFI: Expression of Interest

As many will be aware, the expanded Sustainable Farming Incentive in England will be opening this summer. The RPA will be offering a controlled rollout of the scheme to a limited number of people before the scheme opens to all applicants. This small number will be able to apply for the scheme early so that the RPA can open the service in a controlled way. They will also be asking these early applicants about their experience of submitting an application, so that they can improve the service in...

CS Claims - Rural Payments System Delays

Many will be aware that there are significant delays in the creation and submission of annual claims for Countryside Stewardship. The RPA is encouraging agreement holders to continue to with their claims. They have advised us that: 'We will make sure that those affected are not disadvantaged. We will keep a record that the system performance has affected their ability to claim and they won’t receive any late claim reductions if we receive their claim after 15 May because of this.' Those...

Jeremy's Blog 10th May 2024: Land Drainage - A Key Investment

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th May 2024 Land drainage and the management of water offer one of the ways to tell the story of our landscapes as millennia of hard work have made a wet land productive. Even now, for many soils having good field drainage is the precondition for land to give its potential – becoming more important with the spread of no-till practices. With 40 years since the last major wave of drainage investment, this winter has shown...

CS & ES Claims - Update Land Use

Those preparing to submit a claim for CS or ES in 2024 are reminded that the land use codes for the relevant parcels should be updated where there have been changes.

Government's Climate Change Plan: High Court Challenge

The Climate Change Act 2008 requires the Government to prepare a 'carbon budget delivery plan' setting out how the targets for reducing emissions will be met. The latest version, approved by the Minister in 2023, had been subject to a legal challenge by a collection of eNGOs and climate advocacy groups. On Friday 3rd May, the High Court ruled that the plan did not meet the requirements of the Act, and the Government must therefore revisit the document. We wait to see if the Government will...

Jeremy's Blog 3rd May 2024: Farming Incomes - Risk or Reward

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 2nd May 2024 The Agriculture Act 2020 gave powers for measures to promote “fair dealing obligations for business purchasers of agricultural products”. Three and half years later, the first fruits of that process are now coming through with the Fair Dealing (Milk) Obligations Regulations due to take effect from early July. These set standards that milk purchase contracts are to meet with both specific opportunities for...

240502: Wales - Infrastructure Investment Support for Slurry Storage Capacity and Welsh Water Regulations

Recognising the prolonged period of wet weather, an Extreme Weather Summit meeting was held resulting in Welsh Government highlighting the importance of investing in resilience. In response to concerns over slurry storage capacity the Welsh Government has announced there will be two schemes which specifically support investment in on farm infrastructure, these are: the Nutrient Management Investment Scheme andthe Small Grants – Yard Coverings scheme. Both schemes are to open shortly and £20m...

RPA Downtime Postponed

Following CAAV representations, the RPA has now postposed the planned downtime for the system from 13th May to 16th May. That planned for the evening of 15th May still appears to be going ahead.

Jeremy's Blog 26th April 2024: Targets - Gestures Real or Straightjacket

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 25th April 2024 Targets are everywhere in modern government. In principle, they can set a discipline to achieve results, measured and monitored for management. Sometimes, so many are set that they confuse or even counter each other; some are badly set with perverse results. Some targets seem set just as a gesture, with magical thinking that a target is an answer not then needing action, role playing in response to pressure...

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Bluetongue Virus: End of Seasonal Low Vector Period

DEFRA has warned that the seasonal low vector period has ended. The biting midge which carries the virus has become more active with the warmer Spring weather and there is an increased chance of infected midges being blown over from the Continent. While there is currently no evidence that the bluetongue virus is circulating, DEFRA is planning for an increase in cases. Farms close to the coast in counties along the east coast of England from Norfolk to Kent and along the south coast from Kent to...

Jeremy's Blog 19th April 2024: A Mindset for Resilience

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 18th April 2024 We are almost always in the middle of a story. The past is not over but rather a prologue. The future is yet to come, evolving from now but with surprises. There is rarely a conclusion, though sometimes hindsight suggests a move to the next Act. The present is simply a waystation, not an answer. More than for some time, we are living amid accelerated change and disruption, perhaps familiar with what we have...

Jeremy's Blog 12th April 2024: Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice for England

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th April 2024 The Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice for England was published on Monday. It is a voluntary Code for all parties to tenancies (that is, landlords and tenants) and their advisers, giving guidance as to approach, conduct and behaviour. It looks to support good relationships and help where difficulties arise. Intended to improve practice, it does not change the law or alter any contract and...

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