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Mark Carlisle

Government publishes Path to Sustainable Farming roadmap

Posted by Mark Carlisle on December 4th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

The government published a roadmap, Path to Sustainable Farming, on 30 November 2020. The roadmap is an agricultural transition plan, which sets out changes to agricultural policy in England from 1 January 2021. The changes will come into force over a period of seven years as farmers transition away from...

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Government publishes policy paper on financial assistance plan for 2021-27 period

Posted by Mark Carlisle on December 4th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 30 November 2020, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a policy paper, Multi annual financial assistance plan for the plan period 2021 to 2027. The report sets out how it will plan to meet the requirements of section 4 (which deals with multi annual...

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RPA launches consultation on BPS operation of new forest common

Posted by Mark Carlisle on December 4th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 30 November 2020, the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) has launched a consultation on the operation of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) seeking alternative ways to the current allocation method of eligible areas of the New Forest.

Currently, the allocated areas are based on the number of marketing fees (a fee...

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Agriculture Act 2020 receives Royal Assent

Posted by Brian Maxwell on November 13th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 11 November 2020, the Agriculture Act 2020 (AA 2020) received royal assent.

The Agriculture Bill 2019-21 was published on 16 January 2020. The Government introduced  an Agriculture Bill 2017-19 in the last Parliament which fell at dissolution in October 2019. The Lords agreed to  the final Commons amendments on 9...

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PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19

Posted by Mark Carlisle on May 5th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19

There has been a significant level of discussion on social media and other media outlets on the use of public rights of way during the current Covid-19 restrictions. Governments and their agencies have updated their guidance and in the specific case of Wales, new...

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NFU calls for UK agriculture standards to be protected in post-Brexit trade deals

Posted by Brian Maxwell on March 2nd 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 February 2020, NFU President Minette Batters in the opening speech to the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham, challenged the government to use British farm standards as the benchmark for any food imports in future trade deals. Batters stated, "This isn't just about chlorinated chicken. This is about a...

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