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One year on: Britain’s youngest council farm tenant

Britain’s youngest council farm tenant has survived a difficult first year by working hard, utilising his local community, remaining flexible and taking up diversification opportunities. Joe Rabicano was just 18…

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 MANAGEMENT

How small-scale crofters in the Hebrides survive challenges

The importance of taxpayer support in keeping farm businesses afloat is well understood. Latest annual farm income figures for the UK show that, out of total net earnings of £4.6bn,…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Teamwork helps first-time tenants succeed on council farm

The first year of Brian and Carla-May Roberts’ tenancy has passed in a whirlwind of big decisions, pure nerve and hard labour. Though the couple had their own tractors and…

SHEEP

How a new entrant built up flock on short-term land tenures

Sheep farming can be a tough enterprise anyway, but if you’re starting with no farm, no assets and limited experience, sheer determination is worth more than anything else. Young farmer…

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Two first-time young farmers one year on

The first year of farming brings with it a huge learning curve and a number of challenges, but the feeling of achievement is unparalleled. Two farmers share how they have…

Practical advice

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How Scottish farmers can sell their secure tenancies

In-depth guidance has been released in Scotland for farmers who wish to sell their secure tenancies to their landlord or a new entrant. The new legislation was introduced as part…

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Tenants should consider pushing for rent review since EU exit

Tenants must lead the conversation on rent reviews to ensure a fair value and secure their businesses for the future, say advisers. Following the government’s recent announcement outlining the Basic…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business clinic: How to regain possession of inherited land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay of Thrings advises on the tricky but not uncommon issue of…

LAND MARKETS

The land opportunities for farmers in a post-lockdown world

At a time when the public has grown a greater appreciation for the countryside, local food and new activities, farmers should be seeking chances to benefit. The Covid-19 pandemic and…

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Advice on securing a long-term lease with a care home let

Letting houses to residential care home providers is becoming an increasingly popular option for farmers looking for secure, long-term leases. It can be difficult for a landowner to know what…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How to transfer tenancies for succession in Scotland

Key guidance has been released in Scotland for transferring agricultural tenancies from one person to another before or after the tenant’s death. Bob McIntosh, tenant farming commissioner – a role…

Insights

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Find out average farm rents where you live 2021

The average rent for full agricultural tenancy (FAT) agreements rose by 4% in the same year that the average rent for farm business tenancy (FBT) agreements fell by 4%, according…

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Challenging 190-acre tenancy offer: What farmers should know

Tenancy opportunities in the UK are notoriously limited, exceedingly competitive, short-term and expensive. Landlords generally have plenty of applicants to choose from, with such high demand playing a huge part…

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Tenancy term lengths stifled in cautious sector

The lengths of tenancy agreements in England and Wales have been adversely affected by uncertainty around Brexit and future farm policy. The average term for all lettings is up slightly…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Why farm tenants are criticising National Trust landlords

Prioritising environmental targets over food production, forcing farmers to give up traditional agricultural practices and undermining the badger cull are just a few of the criticisms levelled at the National…

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Decrease in Welsh county farms estate causes concern

The area of land owned by local authorities in Wales has fallen by almost 5% in just one year, a government report has revealed. The latest Annual Report on Smallholdings…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Scotland’s land reform: What has changed for farmers?

Land reform in Scotland has both encouraged sweeping changes in the agricultural sector and kept eagerly-awaited alterations on hold since its introduction four years ago. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act…

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County farms estate shrinks further as sell-off continues

The size of the county farms estate in England continues to decrease as local authorities choose to dispose of their land in favour of a one-time cash payment. The 69th…

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Find out average farm rents where you live 2020

Farm rents across England were 3% higher year-on-year for farm business tenancy (FBT) and seasonal agreements in 2018-2019, according to latest government figures. Defra’s report, released on Thursday (12 March…

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How Cornwall Council plans to support its county farms estate

Cornwall Council has pledged to spend £16.4m on a new strategy for its 112-year-old farms estate. Following a public consultation in 2019, its cabinet voted to restructure the estate, sell…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Agriculture Bill proposes significant changes to tenancies

Greater power for tenants, modified succession rules and new guidance for rent reviews are among the changes proposed in the new Agriculture Bill.   The 2020 Agriculture Bill was introduced…

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Scottish tenant farmers tell of upheaval at being forced out

Scottish tenant farmers are being forced out of the industry due to limited opportunities and the government’s emphasis on supporting new entrants rather than established businesses. Government agency Forestry and…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Are progression units the future of council farm estates?

A mix of starter and promotion units within a local authority’s farms estate management programme can help businesses grow and progress while building trust with the landlord and the bank.…