Adkin’s chosen charity for 2013 is the RABI.
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.
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 They expire at the end of this month and old exemptions have been replaced by a new list of exempt activities.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
New rules apply to the use of fabricated steel, concrete and timber frames – commonly used in farm building construction – from 1st July 2014. From that date, all fabricated structural frames must be CE marked. Some construction products, such as steel beams and bolts, must meet the standard from 1st July 2013.
Christine Thomas was awarded the Holand Silver Medal for Top student of Rural Land Management, year 3 at her recent graduation. Many congratulations from all at Adkin.