Agricultural Blog

Farms to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2040

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has put together a plan that would make agriculture in the UK ‘carbon neutral’ by 2040, which would be a decade ahead of the Government’s overall zero emissions target.

Posted: September 18, 2019


NFU calls for smooth and orderly Brexit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to urgently review the UK’s no-deal trade tariffs, and calling for a smooth and orderly Brexit.

Posted: September 3, 2019


Not enough foreign workers for the harvest

Farmers preparing for this year’s harvests are concerned that when freedom of movement stops after Brexit, there will be a shortage in the already dwindling numbers of workers available to pick produce.

Posted: August 27, 2019


Flood-hit farms given helping hand

As outdoor businesses face the aftermath of floods, and forecasters warn of more thunderstorms and flash floods before hotter weather, the Government and rural charities have offered support to farmers affected.

Posted: August 20, 2019


Farm theft claims highest in seven years

Rural insurer NFU Mutual has announced that farmers lost £50 million through left in 2018, which is the highest figure for seven years. Moreover, the number of claims for stolen farmer vehicles increased considerably by 26 per cent.

Posted: August 13, 2019


VAT recovery for farmers

A recent case in the UK Supreme Court could support farmers trying to recover VAT from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after the Court ruled that the business challenged by the taxman was entitled to VAT recovery.

Posted: August 6, 2019


No-deal Brexit would be devastating for farmers

UK food and farming alliance Sustain has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning of the potential disruption to food supplies, farming in the UK and safety standards in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Posted: July 30, 2019


No-deal Brexit could lead to mass slaughter of unsold sheep

Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay has not ruled out the possibility that, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal in place, and the country has an excess of unsold sheep, industry professionals may be ordered to slaughter many … Continue reading

Posted: July 23, 2019


Morrisons plans to launch apprenticeship fund

Morrisons supermarket chain plans to launch a £2 million apprenticeship fund that will be used to train budding farmers, in a bid to help the industry train enough people needed to meet the UK’s future food requirements.

Posted: July 16, 2019


Potential changes to IHT on farm businesses

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published its second review on Inheritance Tax (IHT), which focuses on the residence nil-rate band, gift allowances and business and agricultural property reliefs.

Posted: July 9, 2019