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
Tel: (01235) 862888
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 >>
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.
Adkin will be holding a coffee morning to raise money in aid of Jeans for Genes on Tuesday 15th October 2013.
Adkin will again be holding a coffee morning on Friday 27th September 2013 in aid of Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
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.
Farming & Property Bulletin September 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.