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Business Clinic: Should I respond council's planning request?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James Cordery of Carter Jonas advises on the process for designating…

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Farmer Weekly Awards 2020: Farm manager of the year finalists

The 2020 farm manager finalists share some common challenges. All strive for top technical performance and are experimenting, looking for marginal gains and increasingly questioning input use. They nurture and…

LAND MARKETS

Autumn land and farms market offers plenty of opportunities

More farmland properties have joined the market this autumn, as vendors catch up from Covid-19 complications and take advantage of the increased buyer demand. Thomas Armstrong, H&H Land & Estates…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Winter support package to cut Bounce Back Loan repayments

Farmers who took out the government’s Bounce Back Loans will see their monthly repayments fall by almost half after chancellor Rishi Sunak announced he was extending the loan term from…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How do I solve dispute with joint director?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Robert James of Thrings advises on a family farming company director's retirement negotiation. Q:…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Seasonal worker scheme decision needed now, NFUS warn

Scottish growers have called on the government to immediately approve an increase in the number of permits available to non-EU seasonal workers for 2021. The UK government introduced the Seasonal…

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2020 BPS conversion rate reminder

Defra has reminded farmers that the conversion of 2020 Basic Payments will be based on the same exchange rate as in 2019 and that all payments will be made in…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Wholesaler says relabelling of Uruguayan beef 'human error'

Food wholesaler Bookers has come under pressure from British beef producers after the company admitted relabelling meat from Uruguay. National Beef Association interim chief executive Neil Shand has called for…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit farmers

Farmers and rural businesses whose properties were affected by flooding last winter have been given more time to apply for government grants of up to £5,000.   Defra announced on…

GRANTS

Fears grow over post-EU grant funding vacuum in England

There is increasing concern about a potential vacuum in grant funding for farmers and other rural businesses because of a lack of progress in the government implementing the UK Shared…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I respond council's planning request?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James Cordery of Carter Jonas advises on the process for designating…

AWARDS

Farmer Weekly Awards 2020: Farm manager of the year finalists

The 2020 farm manager finalists share some common challenges. All strive for top technical performance and are experimenting, looking for marginal gains and increasingly questioning input use. They nurture and…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How do I solve dispute with joint director?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Robert James of Thrings advises on a family farming company director's retirement negotiation. Q:…

LAND MARKETS

So you want to… Buy a farm?

Buying a farm is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can bring a host of questions and conundrums. With so much at stake, getting the right farm, at the right price, at…

FINANCE

What business interruption test case means for policyholders

Insurance policyholders who have been refused a coronavirus-related business interruption (BI) claim should have their policy wording checked to see how it is affected by the outcome of a recent…

FINANCE

How to avoid key dates cash crunch with good planning

Cashflow pinch points are likely to arise for many farming businesses in the next few months. Aside from lower yields on the arable front and rising costs of production for…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… Sell bottled water?

The drinks market can offer a wealth of opportunities for a farmer able to use their holding’s natural resources. Though a sizeable investment at first, a bottled water enterprise can…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Options for farmers to secure migrant labour from 2021

The government’s proposed points-based immigration system (PBS) looks like it could do little to help the agricultural and horticultural sectors, according to the most recent details. Due to take effect…

BUSINESS

Business clinic: How do we prove holiday use is not viable?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Nicola Palfrey of Carter Jonas advises on what evidence is needed…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business clinic: Do neighbour's B&B guests have right of way?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Richie Rees of Thrings advises on a tricky neighbour right of way question. Q.…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What to know when renting out cattle housing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Jack Mitchell of Carter Jonas advises on letting surplus buildings for…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can my farm be sold tax-free after inheritance?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Elizabeth Jones, partner with accountant Baldwins, addresses a question on the tax liability following…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is mountain bikers' use of woodland a risk?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on a landowners' concerns about use of their woodland…

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Farmers Weekly Awards: Diversification finalists 2020

This year’s three finalists have all developed sound businesses to keep the farm afloat and provide a succession platform for future generations. The diversifications include a fruit farm selling direct…

PARTNERSHIPS

Sharing kit with your neighbours: Advice on getting started

Pooling machinery and even labour between neighbouring farms may sound like a daunting step, but it could be one that puts you on a path to a happier and more…

BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Diversified business pointers for safe reopening

Farm attractions should complete a documented health and safety risk assessment and operate a phased reopening after the coronavirus lockdown. The advice is among pointers provided by farm and estate…

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Business Clinic: Should I respond council's planning request?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James Cordery of Carter Jonas advises on the process for designating…

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Business Clinic: How do I solve dispute with joint director?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Robert James of Thrings advises on a family farming company director's retirement negotiation. Q:…

BUSINESS

Business clinic: How do we prove holiday use is not viable?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Nicola Palfrey of Carter Jonas advises on what evidence is needed…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business clinic: Do neighbour's B&B guests have right of way?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Richie Rees of Thrings advises on a tricky neighbour right of way question. Q.…

 

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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: West Midlands

The 2019 land market across the West Midlands has closely mirrored that of the national picture, according to agents working in the region. As of September this year, the area…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: East Midlands

Land remains a strong investment option for farmers and non-farmers alike, as values over the year have been steadfast despite a tumultuous background. Current uncertainty is less of an issue…

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TAKING STOCK

Market set for strong autumn calf sales

Suckler farmers are hoping for a very fast weaned calf trade this autumn, providing deadweight prices hold steady. Recent factory price drops have caused some pessimism this week and could…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Wholesaler says relabelling of Uruguayan beef 'human error'

Food wholesaler Bookers has come under pressure from British beef producers after the company admitted relabelling meat from Uruguay. National Beef Association interim chief executive Neil Shand has called for…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Delay in ‘third country’ status threatens meat exports to EU

A delay in securing “third country” status with the EU is putting the UK's £175m-a-month meat export market at risk, meat trade representatives have warned. To continue selling meat, live…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

US to import British beef for first time in 24 years

Shipments of beef will be heading to the US for the first time in more than 20 years after three processing sites were this week given the go-head to export.…

TAKING STOCK

Ram trade blows hot and cold without Kelso

Commercial terminal sire trade has been difficult to call as unprecedented market conditions continue into the autumn. With no Kelso ram sales – when more than 5,000 rams can be…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Malt exports to Japan await new tariff details

The UK and Japan have agreed in principle a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (EPA), which the government says will give UK businesses tariff-free access on exports to Japan. The Department…

TAKING STOCK

Strong sales predicted for gimmer lambs

Breeding sheep sales have continued returning strong prices, with many auctioneers predicting the market is poised to produce some flying gimmer lamb trades this month. Prime lambs have made £10-£25…

TAKING STOCK

Cull sow prices edge higher after summer lows

Cull sow prices have inched higher in recent weeks after German plant closures took a hammer blow to demand in the summer leaving prices on the floor. Sow values were…