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CAP reform – more changes ahead?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently opted to transfer 12% of their funds from direct payments to rural development schemes as part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. Speaking on behalf of the organisation, the DEFRA secretary, The Rt Hon Mr Owen Paterson, is quoted as saying “England’s £15 […]

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Posted in: Common Agricultural Policy, EU regulations, Farmers

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New EU developments you really can’t afford to ignore

While EU rules and regulations are often seen as a nightmare for farmers, there are three current consultations/changes that we believe you simply can’t afford to ignore. These consultations/new requirements could affect how you run your business and ultimately your profitability. At a glance, they are: Speed limit consultation. The Department of Transport’s consultation ‘Examining […]

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Posted in: EU regulations, Farmers, Tractors

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Solar farms on the rise

A huge debate is currently taking place regarding solar farms and revolves around the size and number of projects currently being planned and constructed in the UK. Solar farms provide energy to homes and businesses. The main advantage of this type of energy is that it’s sustainable, which means that no matter what happens, it […]

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Posted in: renewable energy, Rural business, solar farms

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Entrepreneurs relief – it is all in the timing

A husband and wife farming in partnership had been considering retiring for a number of years. The increase in farm land values in the years up to 2012 made retiring a reality. With proceeds of sale being close to £4.0m, the tax position was fundamental to the decision making process. Exploring the options Through previous […]

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Posted in: Business planning, Entrepeneurs Relief, Farmers

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5 things to watch from the 2013 Budget

The agricultural sector gets its fair share of tough news all year round, but there’s no getting away from the fact that the Budget brings with it additional stresses and pressures. Will there be rabbits pulled from the chancellors hat that weren’t anticipated?  Will there be last minute planning opportunities that your advisors have failed […]

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Posted in: Budget, Business planning

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Achieving Entrepreneurs Relief

Achieving Entrepreneurs Relief requires more than just the disposal of businesses assets (and farmers are no exception!). General Principles Introduced by the Finance Act 2008, Entrepreneurs’ Relief remains comparatively new legislation and there have so far been only a few cases heard by the tribunal or court system. The wording of the legislation was largely […]

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Posted in: Business planning, Entrepeneurs Relief, Farmers

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Making allowances for weather when hiring temps

The agricultural industry in the UK relies heavily on temporary labour for its efficiency and effectiveness. The very nature of farming and agriculture is such that even the best organised farm business needs to draw on additional labour on an ad-hoc basis. Periods such as lambing or harvesting are times when farmers rely on additional […]

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Posted in: Budgets, Business planning, Farmers, Rural, Rural business

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CAP direct payment changes delayed until 2015

Few will need reminding that the date for announcements regarding the detail of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was set for the end of 2013, with implementation at 1 January 2014. The aims of the CAP are to: • preserve rural heritage; • ensure a reasonable standard of living for farmers; and […]

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Posted in: Business planning, Common Agricultural Policy, Farmers

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Helping Farmers Help their Neighbours

HMRC has clarified the rules on red diesel used for gritting and snow clearance. Any vehicle that is undertaking snowplough or snow clearance work is allowed to use red diesel according to HMRC rules. However these rules only apply to specifically adapted vehicles when it comes to road gritting. Last week HMRC announced that this […]

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Posted in: Business planning, HMRC, Rural business

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2013 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

Concerning itself with preserving the future of farming and farmers in Europe as well as the conservation of rural landscapes and countryside, the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) plays a significant role in achievement and development of global food security. In place for over 50 years, the CAP today is arguably facing some of its toughest […]

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