Farming & Property Bulletin – October 2013

SPS Conversion Rate 2013

The rate for converting the 2013 Single Payment will be €1 = £0.83605. This is the official rate as set on the 30th September which fixes the value for 2013 payments. This figure is an increase of 4.8% on last years figure but is still lower than rates set between 2009 and 2011. The increase in conversion rate this year will help offset the reduction in payments due to Financial Discipline. This is being imposed for the first time to keep spending within the new EU budget. A deduction of 4.98% has been proposed but not yet fixed.

October Bulletin

Jenna Wald – Surveyor

Adkin are pleased to announce that Jenna Wald has recently been successful in her Assessment of Professional Competence and is now a fully qualified Surveyor.

Many congratulations from all at Adkin.

CAP Reform

CAP REFORM

 The CAP regulation package has been agreed to take effect from 1st January 2014 with the new direct payment regime starting from 1st January 2015. The current Single Payment regime therefore remains for 2014 with transitional rules to be put in place. DEFRA have now published the long awaited consultation on the implementation
of the CAP Reform in England.

 In response to the consultation
Adkin will be holding a CAP Reform seminar on
Thursday 28th November 2013 at 4.30pm
at the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PS

 Amongst the topics being covered will be:

Practical Implications of the BPS
Contract Farming and Tenancy Implications
Greening and Cross-Compliance
New Environmental Land Management Schemes
Action in the Transitional Period
How Adkin can help

 We have representatives from the Farming Advisory Service and
Natural England coming to give presentations
on cross-compliance and the new agri-environment schemes.
Sarah True will explain the key features of the new regime and how Adkin can help you prepare for this.

 We hope that it will be an informative evening.

 We do hope that you will be able to come and look forward to seeing you there.
It is anticipated that the meeting will finish at around 6.00pm after which you are
invited to join us for a drink.

RSVP to: Miss Emily Quinton
Adkin 
Tel: (01235) 862888
emily.quinton@adkin.co.uk

 

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Order

There are key issues employers need to be aware of when the Agricultural Wages Order ceased to exist on 1st October but for all queries please seek independent legal advice.  In summary these are as follows:

  • You cannot just start paying the National Minimum Wage (NMW) from 1st October to existing workers – employees will have ‘accrued rights’ which will continue to apply.
  • The NMW categorises employees purely on the basis of their age, rather than the AWO which categorised on the basis of ability, skills, qualification and job duties. The NMW is reviewed annually on 1st October. Continue reading >>

Farming and Property Bulletin – October 2013

The CAP regulation package has been agreed to take effect from 1st January 2014 with the new direct payment regime starting from 1st January 2015. The current Single Payment regime therefore remains for 2014 with transitional rules to be put in place. Political agreement was reached on the CAP reform package in June 2013 with a formal statement due from DEFRA in November releasing further details.

Bulletin

New Member of Staff – Jess Allen

Jess joined our team on 1st July 2013.  She grew up on her family’s arable, pig and sheep farm in South Oxfordshire and has a degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural College.

She will be assisting Sarah True and Julian Sayers while studying for her surveying qualifications.

Deadline to Register Agricultural Waste Exemptions!

Farmers and landowners have until the end of September to ensure they are handling waste correctly as new rules come into force.

Most farmers registered their current Agricultural Waste Exemptions before 2010, when the latest regulations came into force. They expire at the end of this month and old exemptions have been replaced by a new list of exempt activities.

The Environment Agency have advised that some are almost identical to exemptions in the old system, others are similar but have different limits and conditions and some are completely new so it is important to check that you are able to comply before applying. Failure to register means that from September 30 farmers and landowners will be operating without a permit and committing a criminal offence.

Farmers are being asked to register online. Guidance and further information is available at www.environmentagency.gov.uk/farmexemptions