GRAZING & MOWING LAND AVAILABLE NEAR WROUGHTON

pproximately 85 acres of grazing and mowing land near Wroughton available on a short-term arrangement immediately.  The land does not currently have stockproof fencing and therefore temporary fencing will need to be supplied by the grazier.  For more information, please contact Gemma Drewett or Charlotte Pearson-Wood on 01793 842055.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Following the recent CAP Reform Agreement, it now seems very unlikely that there will be a replacement scheme equivalent to Entry Level Stewardship (ELS).  Therefore, if you wish to enter the ELS Scheme and claim an additional £30/ha per annum before it closes, an application to Natural England must be submitted by 31st August 2013.
 
There will however be provisions for ‘high priority cases’ (e.g. expiring Countryside Stewardship agreements, Environmentally Sensitive Areas, SSSIs) to enter new Environmental Stewardship agreements during 2014.  New Uplands ELS and Organic ELS agreements will also continue to be available in 2014.
If you are interested in entering into an ELS Agreement before the deadline next month, please contact WebbPaton as soon as possible.

THE NEW CAP REFORM AGREEMENT – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER AT THIS STAGE?

The CAP Reform Agreement has finally been reached but, until the Autumn when we should hear how DEFRA plan to implement the new CAP Package, there will be a lot of speculation and very few facts farmers can rely on.  WebbPaton has summarised the main points we think you should consider at this stage:
·         You may wish to think ahead when planning your crop rotations this Autumn, as the new Scheme will probably require ‘crop diversification’ – at least three crops to be grown (and the main crop to be no more than 75%) where more than 30 hectares of arable land is farmed [and at least two crops where between 10-30 hectares of arable land is farmed].
·         It is possible that DEFRA may roll over the current SPS entitlements into the new Basic Payment Scheme.
·         To claim under the Basic Payment Scheme a farmer will need to have made a successful SPS application in 2013 (otherwise further evidence of farming activity will be required).  Therefore, do not change your business structure, business name or the parties linked to your SBI without taking professional advice first.  N.B. You should always take professional advice before notifying the RPA of a death or any other business change.

CAP REFORM UPDATE

The Council and European Parliament reached final political agreement on the outstanding Multiannual Financial Framework issues on 24th September 2013.  Therefore DEFRA can now move forward in planning the implementation of the CAP Regulations and it is anticipated that a consultation will be released during the second week of October.
WebbPaton will keep farmers informed of all the latest CAP Reform news through our Farmers Update emails.  If you would like to receive our Farmers Update emails, please contact us on 01793 842055 and provide your email address.

BEWARE OF THE DUAL USE LETTERS…

The RPA, Natural England and the Forestry Commission are continuing to send out letters to claimants where they believe there is a dual use situation in place (i.e. where one party is claiming under the SPS and another is claiming under environmental or woodland schemes).  If you receive a letter, please contact us for professional advice BEFORE replying and providing evidence, as the penalties for breaching the scheme rules are substantial.

HAVE YOU SETTLED YOUR RENT REVIEW?

With the 29th September only a few days away, WebbPaton have been busy helping clients to settle their rent reviews before the Michaelmas deadline.  It’s not too late to take advice, so please contact Mark Webb or Gemma Drewett on 01793 842055 if you need help.

LAND WANTED

WebbPaton have some retained clients who are looking to purchase land, with the following requirements:
·        100 acres of pasture land (with or without buildings) in Wiltshire or Oxfordshire.
·         75 – 250 acres of bare arable land in Oxfordshire or Wiltshire.
·         Suitable single building plots in edge of village locations.
We also have a number of clients who are looking for both arable and pasture land to let.  Please contact George Paton on 01793 842055 if you are interested in selling or letting your land.

NEW MICRO WIND OPPORTUNITIES

There is a new micro wind market developing for small wind turbines (up to 100 KW).  Farmers are being made offers to rent small parcels of land (e.g. a disused telecoms site) for a minimum rent of £20,000 per annum plus a percentage of harvesting.  Suitable sites are open areas away from AONBs and airport radars.  Please contact George Paton on 01793 842055 for more information.



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