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Tax reform warning for those using farm profit averaging

The government’s plans for transition to a new "basis period" accounting system is creating uncertainty around the use of tax averaging by farming businesses, alongside a warning of the possibility…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Call to end ‘flawed’ retrospective milk payments in NI

Dairy processors operating in Northern Ireland (NI) are being urged to end the practice of paying suppliers a retrospective price for their milk. Only a small percentage of the 3,500…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

GB dairy youngstock surge counters another milking herd fall

A sharp rise in youngstock numbers has countered a further contraction in the size of the national milking herd – lifting the total GB dairy female population by 0.7%. According…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area 2021: Yorkshire and Humber

During 2021, the number of acres brought to the market in Yorkshire and Humber was more than double the previous year’s levels, according to Strutt & Parker’s Farmland Database. Demand…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Strong lamb trade boosted by Christmas demand

Deadweight lamb prices rose for a ninth consecutive time last week, keeping them above £6/kg deadweight. The GB SQQ for the week ending 27 November averaged 600.6p/kg, an increase of…

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

New Year price rises for First Milk and Muller suppliers

First Milk has announced a 2p/litre increase in its farmgate milk price from 1 January 2022, while Muller has added another 1p on top of its recently announce 2p price…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Agritourism champion scoops top scholarship award

The Nuffield Bullock Award recognises the scholar who has made best use of their award in the 10 years since they were accepted on to the study tour scheme. We…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Farm minister reassures tenants on environmental schemes

Tenants in England with tenancy agreements that have at least two years left to run will be eligible to tap into funding opportunities in the government’s new Environmental Land Management…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Government creates embassy jobs to grow UK agri-food exports

A network of new agri-food and drink roles will be created within UK embassies and consulates overseas to promote trade and boost exports. The government has announced the new global…

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What to do if you get an HMRC letter after Covid-19 support

Covid support schemes were a financial lifeline for some farm businesses, but as loan capital repayments kick in and HMRC claws back overpayments of self-employment grants, cashflow could come under…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Why do we need noise and smell reports?

Charlene Sussums-Lewis, rural planner at Carter Jonas, sets out why noise and smell reports may be needed in the planning process for houses near farms. She explains what the developer…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What employer liability cover do I need?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Laura Mitchell of insurance broker A-Plan Rural sets out how to get the correct levels…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Partnership dissolution was badly handled

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Robert James, a partner with law firm Thrings, advises on partnership assets,…

DIVERSIFICATION

Stricter rules of firewood sales - what you need to know

Firewood sales are to be regulated to outlaw the burning of wet wood and help the UK government meet its air pollution ambitions. By May 2022, all sales of firewood…

DIVERSIFICATION

VAT rules to know when offering land and buildings storage

VAT rules can be complex when it comes to the fairly simple enterprise of providing storage by letting out land or agricultural buildings. According to the Self Storage Association, there…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Farming Investment Fund grants – what's on offer?

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has set aside £27m to help farmers in England improve efficiency and deliver environmental benefits. That sum will have to fund individual projects of up…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How tenants could benefit from natural capital initiatives

Tenancy agreements mostly rule out long-term environmental schemes such as tree planting and rewilding. However, generating an income from carbon offsetting and sequestration, nutrient neutrality units, biodiversity and third-party access…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Promar predicts another big jump in dairy cost of production

Cost of production on UK dairy farms could rise by an average of 5.4p/litre between March 2021 and March 2023, to 34p/litre, according to consultant Promar International. Managing director Neil…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Why staff leave farming businesses and how to keep them

With many farm businesses unable to find or keep suitable workers, it is more important than ever to consider your staff's working environment.  Employment consultant Paul Harris examines the reasons…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to manage public access on farm and protect your land

The public has embraced walking in the countryside after it became one of the few forms of exercise allowed during the pandemic lockdowns. However, this has thrown up access and…

BUSINESS

Tree-planting targets offer opportunity for UK-grown stock

The UK’s tree planting goals to meet climate targets are ambitious and for plant health, environmental and economic reasons, domestic planting schemes favour UK-grown stock. Historically, much stock has been…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Regen farmer seeks businesses to form sustainable community

Regenerative farmer Tim May is launching an ambitious project to bring more businesses onto Kingsclere Estate to build a community where each enterprise helps regenerate the land, reduces waste and…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Does insurance cover costs of fly-tipping?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Tim Slinger of insurance broker A-Plan Rural advises on responsibility for clearing up, prosecuting and…

TAX

Check council tax band if home has an agricultural tie

Farmers or farmworkers living in a house with an Agricultural Occupancy Condition (AOC) may be paying too much council tax, as some properties were incorrectly valued when the council tax…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Is my livestock in danger of trespassing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Ken Kaar, associate at law firm Thrings, advises on boundaries and the…

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Business Clinic: Why do we need noise and smell reports?

Charlene Sussums-Lewis, rural planner at Carter Jonas, sets out why noise and smell reports may be needed in the planning process for houses near farms. She explains what the developer…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What employer liability cover do I need?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Laura Mitchell of insurance broker A-Plan Rural sets out how to get the correct levels…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Partnership dissolution was badly handled

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Robert James, a partner with law firm Thrings, advises on partnership assets,…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Does insurance cover costs of fly-tipping?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Tim Slinger of insurance broker A-Plan Rural advises on responsibility for clearing up, prosecuting and…

 

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

New Year price rises for First Milk and Muller suppliers

First Milk has announced a 2p/litre increase in its farmgate milk price from 1 January 2022, while Muller has added another 1p on top of its recently announce 2p price…

NEWS

Sustain launch British food public procurement campaign

The government is coming under renewed pressure to redesign food buying standards in the pubic sector and promote the use of more British produce in schools, hospitals and other public…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Government creates embassy jobs to grow UK agri-food exports

A network of new agri-food and drink roles will be created within UK embassies and consulates overseas to promote trade and boost exports. The government has announced the new global…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat prices remain high amid tight stocks and high demand

UK wheat prices are forecast to remain high this season as stocks tighten amid a combination of supply and demand issues. According to the AHDB’s first official 2021/22 grain supply…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Red meat and dairy sales uplift forecast for Christmas

A sales uplift in red meat and dairy is forecast in the run-up to Christmas, as new figures point to sustained consumer demand for beef post-Covid and rising demand for…

OTHER POULTRY

Video: Strong demand but high costs for turkey sector this year

On-farm growers have faced a multitude of challenges this year, of which rising feed costs and access to labour have been the biggest. At the time they were placing orders…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Uncertain spring fertiliser supply and price outlook

High gas prices continue to make production uneconomic for many fertiliser plants, reducing output worldwide at a time of strong global demand and making for a very uncertain spring supply…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices break records while millers struggle for supply

New records were set on futures markets as the rise in wheat prices picked up pace over the past week and milling premiums topped £50/t in some regions. Old-crop has…

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