A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE to CAP reform is now available to help farmers make decisions to prepare their businesses for the changes ahead.

Mid Term Review: A Practical Guide was written by Jeremy Moody, secretary of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, and William Neville, partner at law firm Burges Salmon.

It sets out the background to the reform and points to the importance of the move to the new unsupported market for produce.

It shows how entitlements to the new single farm payment will be allocated in Great Britain and how to qualify for that payment, including particular provisions for fruit, vegetables and potatoes.

The book also outlines opportunities for and limits on improving SFP value through hardship rules, protecting it from business changes and adding to it from the national reserve.

Separate rules for set-aside and special entitlements are covered, along with sections on cross-compliance, buying, selling and renting land and the likely taxation treatment of the new regime.

Copies are available for £40 from Jenny Homewood at Burges Salmon (0117 939 2000).