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BUSINESS

Advice on hedges for BPS and Countryside Stewardship 2018

The new mapped hedges information isn’t always correct. Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers advises on dealing with hedges for the Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside…

BUSINESS

How to apply for wildlife arable Countryside Stewardship

With the online application window for the new Countryside Stewardship wildlife arable offer opening this week, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives some tips…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I consider Countryside Stewardship?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Savills’ Henry Barringer advises on Countryside Stewardship. Q. My higher-level stewardship…

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Environmental schemes must be profitable, says CLA

All the money currently spent on the Common Agricultural Policy in England – and possibly more – should be transferred to a new “public money for public goods” scheme in…

ARABLE

Stewardship scheme could help in blackgrass battle

Mike Neaverson recently joined his family’s 250ha farming business in south Lincolnshire having spent the past five years working in farm management. Here, he describes how the farm, which currently…

BUSINESS

Countryside Stewardship – last-minute application advice

Farmers in England have been grappling with the new Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme ever since the handbook was published this summer. Like its predecessor, the new scheme is split largely…

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Case studies

ARABLE

Glos farmer creates wild margins to attract grey partridges

Applying for environmental schemes can be time-consuming and have no guarantee of success, but if approved they can be financially worthwhile, as one Gloucestershire farmer is discovering. George Ponsonby is…

ENVIRONMENT

Wild bird project – a blueprint for future farm support?

Farmers in the South West have helped to save a rare farmland bird in a 25-year collaboration with the RSPB.  Farmers and the RSPB don’t always see eye to eye,…

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Insights

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Environmental schemes must be profitable, says CLA

All the money currently spent on the Common Agricultural Policy in England – and possibly more – should be transferred to a new “public money for public goods” scheme in…

NEWS

Brexit green schemes a ‘no-brainer’ for farmers

Defra plans to make agri-environment schemes so irresistible post Brexit that it will be a “no-brainer” for farmers to sign up, according to farming minister George Eustice, speaking on a…

NEWS

Farmers' network backs Gove's 'green' Brexit plan

More than 100 farmers have come together to support calls for government policies that reward producers who undertake environmental measures and encourage wildlife. The Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) has…

BUSINESS

Are Gove’s environmental ambitions practical for farmers?

Farmers may feel the last thing they need is another piece of jargon. However, the phrase “natural capital” has very much arrived in Westminster and, with Defra secretary Michael Gove’s…

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News

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers offered cash to join water quality scheme

A water company is offering farmers financial rewards and expert support to join a scheme aiming to reduce metaldehyde levels. Severn Trent launched the Farm to Tap scheme on Monday…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Welsh farmers offered grants for water management projects

Farmers in Wales are being invited to apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding. The Glastir…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Green scheme rules relaxed as dry spell continues

The UK and Welsh governments have taken action to reduce the impact of dry weather on farms under restrictions in agri-environment schemes. Farmers and landowners in England and Wales can…

FARM POLICY

Shed survey launched to counter Defra pollution plans

The NFU has launched a survey of dairy farmers’ sheds and slurry stores in response to a Defra consultation which could cost farmers thousands and increase red tape. The Defra…

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