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The current review of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) system by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) could be of particular relevance for farmers and the landed estate sectors. Continue reading IHT review could impact on farmers
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Minette Batters, the first woman to be elected head of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has called on the Government to help to put British farming on the global map in what she called “a new dawn for the countryside”. Continue reading New NFU head wants agriculture on the global map
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has assessed the Government’s plans for the agriculture industry after the UK leaves the European Union, and concludes that farmers need funding if no deal comes from Brexit negotiations. Continue reading Funding needed for farmers
Farming Minister George Eustice has announced a new £60 million grants scheme where farmers can bid for up to £12,000 towards the purchase of new farm equipment. Continue reading Productivity grant for dairy farmers
While Brexit has been a cause for concern among many farmers, the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) believes that it provides a “once in a generation opportunity” for the Government to create new policy for the UK. Continue reading Opportunity for farmers post Brexit
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that farmers may still submit paper VAT returns following the recent announcement that the new online system will go live from 1 April 2019. Continue reading Farmers will still be able to submit paper VAT returns
New research has found that uncertainty surrounding Brexit is restricting the amount of land coming to market in England, Scotland and Wales, which saw drops of 16 per cent, 11 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. Continue reading Land sales affected by Brexit fears
The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced its new simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme (CS) offers to complement the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers. It also published more details on its sister scheme that offers grants for restoration of hedgerows and boundaries.
The CS, which opened for applications for multi-annual agreements on 1 January this year, comprises four new offers to provide tailored options covering the full range of different farm types. This means that farmers and land managers can deliver environmental benefits, no matter what they farm or where they are located.
The four offers are the Online Arable Offer, the Lowland Grazing Offer, the Upland Offer and the Mixed Farming Offer. In addition, Defra said that the Hedgerows and Boundaries grant will receive more funding, with applicants having the ability to apply for a maximum grant of £10,000, up from £5,000 in previous application rounds.
Benefits of the new simplified scheme are that the paperwork is quicker and easier to get through, and the fact that the scheme is non-competitive means that all farmers who meet the eligibility requirements can get an agreement to deliver as few as three or as many as 14 options.
The changes were made after farmers complained that the scheme was “too complicated”. The new simpler offers should help more farmers get back into agri-environment schemes, and, unlike existing offers, all landowners who make a valid application for any of the four new offers will be guaranteed funding through the scheme.
Meanwhile, the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers will continue to support previous agreements.
Farmers and land managers have until 31 May to request a paper application pack. However, those who prefer to apply online will be able to do so from 20 February.