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New-season nitrogen offered at £50/t less than a year ago

The new-season ammonium nitrate (AN) price has opened at about £50/t lower than last year and some £35/t down on the price in early April. UK-manufactured 34.5% AN is available…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Law firm proposes group action on denied insurance claims

Farmers who have had a business interruption claim for a diversification denied by their insurer during the coronavirus pandemic may be able to challenge this by taking part in a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is solar development still worth pursuing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Martin Williams, an associate in Carter Jonas’ energy team, sets out how…

GRANTS

Coronavirus: Self-employed and furlough schemes extended

Self-employed workers will be eligible for a second round of government support to help them through the coronavirus crisis, but will receive less money than during the first round. Chancellor…

FARM ENERGY

Britain’s biggest solar farm gets green light

Construction plans for the UK’s largest solar farm at a site in north Kent have been approved by the government. The Cleve Hill Solar Park will cover almost 360ha (900ac)…

LAND MARKETS

Mixed bag for land market across UK as lockdown is eased

Updated government advice following the slight relaxation of social restrictions in England has eased the way for the land and property market to reopen. People are now allowed to travel…

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: British Wool cuts payment amid severe recession

Sheep farmers will suffer at least two years of rock-bottom wool prices after British Wool confirmed a sharp drop in the value of last year’s clip and withdrew this year’s…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Deadline extensions for parts of Glastir programme

The deadline for expressions of interest for Wales’ Glastir Woodland Creation scheme has been extended from mid-June to the end of July. The scheme aims to accelerate woodland planting in…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices up again but margins are held back

Pig prices in the UK have risen again this week but increases in labour and feed costs through the first quarter of 2020 have restricted margins. During the week ending…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: Sharp uptick in sales of organic produce

The premium organic sector should shrug off the impact of coronavirus as growing numbers of consumers look for greater reassurance on food sources in the wake of the pandemic, the…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is solar development still worth pursuing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Martin Williams, an associate in Carter Jonas’ energy team, sets out how…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Council tenant tells of flaws in schemes for new entrants

A Welsh county farms tenant has spoken out about his struggles with short-term agreements, a lack of progression opportunities and insurmountable rent values, hoping to raise awareness of the difficulties…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How is coronavirus affecting planning?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Alex Madden, head of planning at law firm Thrings, explains how the…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: How employers can reclaim statutory sick pay

Employers can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim payments made to current or former employees unable to work due to Covid-19. The repayment will cover a…

PARTNERSHIPS

Why share farming can be the fairest joint venture option

Share farming is a business model which deserves to be given serious consideration by anyone thinking about a joint venture, argues Gary Markham, director at rural tax advisers and accountants…

FARM ENERGY

Advice on getting best power purchase agreement deal

The drop in global and domestic energy markets makes it vital generators of renewable energy shop around for the best price on power sold to the grid. Power purchase agreements…

DIVERSIFICATION

How diversified businesses are coping with lockdown

The Bazeley family run well-established self-storage and bottled beer businesses at Offwell Farm, near Fareham, Hampshire. A tenant of Southwick Estate, Martin Bazeley started the storage business in 2003 and…

DIVERSIFICATION

Tips on setting up an award-winning diversification

Emma Boyles and her team have earned greater recognition for their quality fine wool business since winning Farmers Weekly Diversification Farmer of the Year 2019. We find out how they…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

EA tweaks abstraction rules and updates irrigation prospects

Abstraction licence holders who are experiencing cashflow problems because of coronavirus are being offered the opportunity to set up a payment plan with the Environment Agency (EA). Farmers with water…

LAND MARKETS

Why we’re selling the family farm during coronavirus

Jane Clark and her son, Fred, have decided to sell their family farm in Essex during a time of global uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic has given the family a chance…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can we benefit from biodiversity offsetting?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Mark Russell, partner of Carter Jonas Rural, explains how the relatively new…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Farms advised to use face masks

Farm staff should be using face masks in many instances to limit the spread of coronavirus, says health and safety adviser Oliver Dale. A mask will not necessarily prevent the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What to do if staff ignore Covid-19 advice

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Natalie Ward, senior associate of law firm Thrings, advises how best to…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can we claim coronavirus support grant?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Andy Ritchie, head of rural at Baldwins, explains how farmers may be able to claim…

BPS

Coronavirus: Applying for farm support schemes

With farm support scheme application and claim windows currently open, the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are inevitably having an impact on farmers filing their applications. Alice De Soer at the Central…

FINANCE

Coronavirus loan scheme: What farmers need to know

Farmers who have seen their income hit by coronavirus are being urged by the government to apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). This is the primary help…

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Business Clinic: Is solar development still worth pursuing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Martin Williams, an associate in Carter Jonas’ energy team, sets out how…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How is coronavirus affecting planning?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Alex Madden, head of planning at law firm Thrings, explains how the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can we benefit from biodiversity offsetting?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Mark Russell, partner of Carter Jonas Rural, explains how the relatively new…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What to do if staff ignore Covid-19 advice

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Natalie Ward, senior associate of law firm Thrings, advises how best to…

 

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LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Wales

With almost 3,000 fewer acres launched to the land market in Wales in 2019 compared with the previous year, but an increase of five holdings made available, it seems large…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Scotland

The 2019 Scottish farmland market held up well with 100 holdings marketed throughout the year, in line with the five-year average of 102. One best-in-class arable example reached £16,000/acre, on…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: South-east England

The south-east of England has seen more cash buyers and people with rollover funds join the pool of interested parties in a mixed farmland market. In alignment with the national…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Northern Ireland

In the rare event that a large holding comes to the market in Northern Ireland, high demand from non-farming buyers pushes prices to a premium. The majority of farms of…

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TAKING STOCK

Breeding cattle dear despite dry spring

Sales of beef breeding cattle have been strong despite grass becoming increasingly scarce following one of the driest springs on record. Premiums continue to be seen for commercial cattle sold…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: British Wool cuts payment amid severe recession

Sheep farmers will suffer at least two years of rock-bottom wool prices after British Wool confirmed a sharp drop in the value of last year’s clip and withdrew this year’s…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices up again but margins are held back

Pig prices in the UK have risen again this week but increases in labour and feed costs through the first quarter of 2020 have restricted margins. During the week ending…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: Sharp uptick in sales of organic produce

The premium organic sector should shrug off the impact of coronavirus as growing numbers of consumers look for greater reassurance on food sources in the wake of the pandemic, the…

TAKING STOCK

Beef price rise stokes store cattle prices

Strong gains in deadweight beef prices have buoyed store cattle averages around UK saleyards, dampening finisher margins. Scottish deadweight quotes started the week at a base of around 360p/kg. South…

TAKING STOCK

Fast growing lambs £9 dearer on the year

Prices for new season lambs are up £9 a head on the year, with the national SQQ at 264.39p/kg – up more than 20p/kg.   Sheep farmers have been able…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Agri-food tariffs will protect farmers, says government

Import tariffs will be maintained on agricultural products such as lamb, beef and poultry to protect British farmers, says the government. A new global tariff regime – which will replace…

BUSINESS

£1m Milk Your Moments dairy campaign goes live

A new £1m milk marketing campaign aims to increase the consumption of dairy products at home while highlighting mental health issues has gone live. The 12-week Milk Your Moments consumer-facing…