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BPS 2018 Payments Exchange Rate Set

Posted: September 28, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the exchange rate for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments made in sterling. The euro exchange rate for calculating BPS 2018 payments has been set. The rate, an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set in September, will be €1 = £0.89281. BPS payments for England ... Continue Reading

DEFRA announces help for drought hit farmers in Stewardship Schemes.

Posted: September 25, 2018 by Karen Kipling
All the information, including the tables of options, can be accessed by following the link at the bottom of this post. The table lists the Countryside Stewardship (ES) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) options that have a temporary adjustment. The current prescription is shown, together with the temporary prescription adjustment and possible use. These adjustments apply ... Continue Reading

Cross Compliance and Basic Payment Scheme Key Dates for October

Posted: September 20, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Key dates in October to be aware of are: 1st October – You can burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land in upland areas from this date (GAEC*6) 1st October – this is the start of the closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, ... Continue Reading

Bridging Payments for Environmental Stewardship customers

Posted: September 14, 2018 by Karen Kipling
DEFRA have confirmed they will be making bridging payments to farmers and land managers to ensure all those who claimed for 2016 and / or 2017 will have received at least 75% of their payment for those years by the end of September. All eligible Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement holders who claimed for 2016 and ... Continue Reading

Landmark Agricultural Bill to deliver a Green Brexit

Posted: September 12, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Legislation to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations after nearly half a century under EU rules is being introduced into Parliament today (12 September). The Agriculture Bill sets out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, ... Continue Reading

Cross Compliance and Basic Payment Scheme Key Dates for September

Posted: September 4, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Below are some key dates to be aware of this September: 1st September – From this date you can cut or trim hedges and trees.  (GAEC*7a and 7c) 1st September – This date is the start of the closed period for applying organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry ... Continue Reading

What Happens to Farm Payments if UK Leaves EU without a Deal?

Posted: August 24, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The Government have released a  series of technical notices setting out information to allow farmers and farming businesses to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations. The advice notices cover: Farm Payments if there is no Brexit deal Producing/processing organic food if ... Continue Reading

Moving Home For Christmas?

Posted: August 22, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The online property portal Rightmove has recently announced that the average asking price of newly-marketed properties has shown a seasonal drop of 2.3% (£7218) this month due to new sellers launching a ‘late summer sale’ to try and find a buyer more quickly. Where has this year gone? With only 18 weeks left until Christmas, ... Continue Reading

Top Tips for Viewing Empty Properties

Posted: August 13, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Many buyers see an empty property as a less desirable option and will sometimes overlook the potential the property may offer. Catherine Greaves, GSC Grays Agency Associate Director, discusses why an empty home may be worth a second look. It is true that a range of well presented photographs will entice buyers into a property ... Continue Reading