Agricultural Blog

BPS online

More and more farmers are switching to making Basic Payment Scheme applications online, and more than 88 per cent of the 2018 BPS applications so far have been received this way.

Posted: May 8, 2018


Future of UK Farming

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has recognised the role livestock will play in future farming systems, becoming the first Minister to accept the link between sustainable food systems and healthy diets.

Posted: May 1, 2018


Farmers could struggle to hire workers after Brexit

The Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), Professor Alan Manning, has warned that agriculture is one of the sectors that is likely to “struggle most” with attracting workers after Brexit. This comes as reports have claimed that the new … Continue reading

Posted: April 24, 2018


Consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment

In February, the Government launched a public consultation entitled Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a green Brexit to receive feedback on its proposals for agriculture and land management following the UK’s departure from … Continue reading

Posted: April 17, 2018


UK pig farmers could benefit from possible trade war

Pig farmers in the UK could benefit from the possible trade war between the US and China, which is threatening to impose an additional import tariff of 25 per cent on all US pork products in retaliation for higher tariffs … Continue reading

Posted: April 10, 2018


Farming unions call for ‘well-managed’ Brexit

The UK’s four farming unions have called on the Government to get behind farmers and the high quality, affordable food they produce as the UK moves to the next phase of Brexit negotiations.

Posted: April 3, 2018


Productive Defra meeting with farmers

A recent meeting between Farm Minister George Eustice and key UK agricultural stakeholders, including farmers, industry lobby groups, unions and scientists, has been described as “productive”. There were a number of issues on the table, but there was a broad … Continue reading

Posted: March 27, 2018


Farmers practices need to change

According to an adviser for the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), more than half the farmers in the UK are failing to use ‘normal business practices’, such as cash flow projections and budgets.

Posted: March 20, 2018


IHT review could impact on farmers

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.

Posted: March 13, 2018


Formal post-Brexit proposals

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a consultation document for after the UK leaves the European Union in which it proposes phasing out direct payments to farmers.

Posted: March 6, 2018