Non-farmers driving UK land sales

Recent research suggests that the average prices for farmland in England are holding firm, driven by competitive bidding from ‘lifestyle’ buyers, particularly around Hampshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. According to the research, the average price of arable land in 2019

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UK Agriculture Bill to be introduced

Environment Minister Theresa Villiers has announced that the Agriculture Bill will be re-introduced to parliament later this month, paving the way for a new system of farm support based on “public money for public goods”.

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Farmers guaranteed Brexit boost

The Government has confirmed that farmers and rural communities will receive almost £3 billion in funding this year to enable them to plan for the future, sow their crops and care for their livestock with confidence.

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NFU: British farmers should be ‘empowered’ to reach net-zero agriculture by 2040

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on the next Government to develop a climate policy that would ‘empower’ farmers in the UK to reach net-zero agriculture by 2040. In its election manifesto, the NFU states that the next Government

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The price of forestry land is on the rise

A recent report suggests that the average price of commercial forestry land in the UK rose by 23 per cent in the year to this September, supported by timber prices, investor interest and Government schemes.

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Fly-tipping problem greater than Defra suggests

According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), recent Government figures on incidents of fly-tipping on public land do not reflect the true scale of the crime, as they do not take incidents on privately owned land into account.

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US imposing tariffs on UK food exports

UK food and drink exports are facing 25 per cent tariffs as a result of a US-EU trade war. These tariffs have been imposed in retaliation over EU subsidies handed to Airbus, which the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed contravened

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UK and China agree deal to secure British beef exports

British beef is set to be exported to China after the details of a new trade deal between the UK and China were finalised earlier this month.

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Brexit readiness support service set up

The Soil Association has launched a Brexit readiness support service for organic farmers to help them prepare for a no-deal Brexit, which includes a website, support phone line, email address and online chat system.

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Arson costing farmers millions

According to research by farming insurance specialists, the cost of arson attacks on farms has hit its highest point in years, with the cost of fires in the South East alone rising to almost £6 million last year.

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