Agriculture Bill Update

The Government introduced the Agriculture Bill into Parliament this week: Agriculture Bill announcement 16th Jan 20 The main focus of the Bill is the same as when originally published in September 2018, ie that Direct Payments will be phased out over a transition period, which is due to start in 2021 and run for seven […]

CUMBRIA GROWTH CATALYST FARM BUSINESS REVIEWS

We are still offering free farm business reviews funded by the Cumbria Growth Catalyst programme.  The farm business review includes information about the proposals in the Agriculture Bill, analysis of the farm’s accounts and discussion about possible options for the future.  We can also use these reviews to prepare Expressions of Interest for the farm […]

AGRICULTURE BILL

Theresa Villiers’ speech at the Oxford Farming Conference this week included the information that an updated Agriculture Bill will return to Parliament later this month.  She gave the same timescales as in the original Bill – ie that the transition period will begin in 2021 when Defra will start to reduce Direct Payments in England […]

FARM DIVERSIFICATION GRANTS – LEADER DEADLINE MIDDAY TUESDAY

Rural Growth Programme – Deadline 16TH Feb 2020 – min grant £20k The Growth Programme provides grants for small rural businesses to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.  Examples of eligible projects include farm diversification, food processing and development of tourism infrastructure.  The minimum grant is £20,000 which in most cases means a minimum […]

Stop Press: Loan funding back on the table:

The Farmer Network is pleased to announce that alongside the training grant, a loan facility will be in place in January to support young people with farming ambition who take part in the business support programme that starts 12th January. Full details of the loan facility to be announced in January. For more information contact […]

FREE LEGAL Q&A SESSION AT LEYBURN

The North Yorkshire and Cumbria legal practice, McGarry and Co, are holding a free legal Question & Answer session at Leyburn, aimed specifically at older rural people who are worried about the implications of Inheritance Tax on their estates and other legal matters affecting more mature residents. Managing Partner, Michael McGarry, explained, “As a traditional […]