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Natural England revokes three general licences for control of wild birds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 26th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a challenge by a new environmental NGO, Wild Justice (see Natural England press release, General licences for bird control: major changes to licensing requirements, 23 April 2019 and Wild Justice: Projects).

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Feed-in tariffs: Ofgem publishes closure guidance

Posted by Mark Carlisle on March 29th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 21 March 2019, Ofgem published Feed-in Tariffs: Essential guide to closure of the scheme. This guidance explains Ofgem's administration of the closure of the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme to new applications from 1 April 2019. The guidance is based on the Feed-In Tariffs (Closure, etc) Order 2018 (SI 2018/1380).

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Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 19th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed it remains fully focused on processing Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments promptly from the start of the payment window (1 December 2018). However, the UK government is coming under pressure from the farming...

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Government TB strategy review

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 19th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Government TB strategy review

The government’s 25 year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, led by Sir Charles Godfray, has been published on 13 November 2018. The report, which was commissioned by Environment Secretary Michael Gove in February 2018, aims to inform future strategies around the government’s goal of eradicating the disease by...

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Poultry Registration Rules

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 12th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , All .

Poultry (including game birds): registration rules

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance for poultry including game) owners. Those farmers or landowners who keep 50 or more birds on their premises must register using the compulsory registration form within one month of keeping. The law applies...

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Tenant Farmers Association calls for further drought support

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 10th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , All .

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has joined with the National Farmers Union (NFU)in challenging Defra into greater proactivity to address the consequences of this year’s summer drought conditions.

TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn said “The challenges facing livestock and dairy farmers remain acute. The lack of fodder availability is going to...

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