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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,…

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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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What landlords need to know about energy efficiency rules

Meeting energy efficiency rules is already a challenge for many farmers and landowners with let property, given that many homes in rural areas are of an older build, listed or…

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Advice on tax and timing when surrendering an AHA tenancy

Changes in farm support and the march of development point to a likely rise in tenants leaving land subject to Agricultural Holdings Act (1986) (AHA) tenancies. Whatever the reason for…

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How a written tenancy agreement can give certainty

It is still not uncommon for an Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA) tenancy to be based on a verbal agreement. However, this can be relatively easily addressed. Lawyer Esther Round,…

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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…

Insights

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Tackling climate change: How to improve tenants’ role

The pressure for action to prevent a global climate crisis is building, and UK farmers have an important role to play, but tenants risk getting left behind through no fault…

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How new review method could make rents more sustainable

Switching to a different review method could help individual landlords and tenants agree a more sustainable rent rate and encourage the reduction of values generally across the UK. With the…

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Government approves significant changes to AHA tenancy rules

Farmers with succession tenancies in England will have greater power to challenge landlords’ decisions under new legislation. The government has approved a number of changes to Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA)…

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Long-term decline of Welsh county farms ‘a serious blow’

The long-term decline of Wales’ county farms estate is a serious blow to the aspirations of new entrants to agriculture and progressive farmers, says the Tenant Farmers Association. Although the…

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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…

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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…

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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…