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Does the CAP fit? Middleton Mart Farm Forum

H&H Land and Property are holding a Farming Seminar aimed specifically at farmers in the North East entitled ‘Does the CAP Fit’. Issues to be covered are those that are most prominent in the minds of Farmers at present such as the CAP Reform, Future Environmental Schemes, Planning Regulations, potential for Renewables and Woodland Management.

Chaired by Managing Director John Robson, and featuring five of H&H Land and Property’s key advisors, this will be a discussion based event covering a wide range of important issues with a focus on changes made to EU and UK policies and what to expect from future subsidy regimes and legislation. The aim of this event is to encourage discussion and debate, and be informative for farmers and landowners interested in current issues.

Agricultural Building

John Robson, Managing Director H&H Land and Property Limited.

Being held on Wednesday 20th February at Middleton-in-Teesdale Mart in County Durham, the team of speakers from H&H Land and Property includes Andrew Jamieson – Agricultural Advisor, Mark Barrow – Environmental Advisor, Neil Henderson – Town Planner, Alistair Fell – Renewable Specialist and Richard Hunter – Arboriculturist.

The team at H&H Land and Property presented a similar seminar at Hexham just a few months ago and the response was excellent. They have since presented at Carlisle and Broughton in Cumbria and now offer the seminar to County Durham farmers.

In an industry with ever changing regulations, conditions and systems it is important to stay up to date with where your opportunities lie and how to maximise farm outcome. Andrew Jamieson, a specialist on CAP Reform, will open the evening and cover some of the questions farmers may have as a result of policy reforms such as:

1. What does the future hold for farm subsidy support, and where are we with the Common Agricultural Policy Reform?

2. What will my payments be?

3. What are the opportunities to maximise the subsidy received whilst ensuring minimal impact on farm profitability and performance?

4. What are the incentives for the younger generation?

5. What do I need to think about in terms of succession planning?

Mark Barrow will be discussing the current stewardship issues, the future of stewardship schemes and how best to protect your Single Farm Payment from any avoidable penalties. With nearly 60% of England’s agricultural land in Environmental Stewardship and a large majority of old Countryside Stewardship agreements due to end imminently it pays to be one step ahead on the environment front. Natural England are currently redefining their entrance requirements for Single Farm Payment cross checks and penalties, with compliance becoming increasingly severe.

Neil Henderson, a Senior Planning Advisor within the company detailed the topics he would be covering;

“The last couple of years have seen enormous changes to the planning system including the promotion of the Government’s Localism Agenda and the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework. As a result of these changes, there is a degree of uncertainty on how planning applications in the countryside might be treated in future”.

Neil will reflect on these changes and dispel some of the myths which have arisen. He will also be available to answer any questions on planning issues with particular reference to rural issues and renewable energy developments.

Across the country Renewables are becoming a major force in the agricultural industry and continuing the trend of making the most of your resources, Alistair Fell will be making sense of Feed-In-Tariff (FITs) payment changes, the introduction of the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme and how biomass can be commercially attractive. Finally he will be talking about H&H Land and Property’s experience with wind turbines and how to maximise your chances of success.

Timber value is high and there are currently many opportunities in terms of farm diversification and woodland. Richard Hunter, Arboriculturist discusses his topics;

“I will be talking about current Forestry Commission grants and benefits of planting woodlands. Forestry Commission money is at its highest point for several years reaching around £2800/ha, with potential for that to be increased to £4800/ha with regional priorities. There has been a massive increase in demand for wood fuel which has turned previously worthless sites into viable schemes. This looks set to continue so planting new woodland now can be an income source in years to come”.

H&H Land and Property, with offices in both Carlisle and Durham operate across the North of England. In addition to the above they offer other professional services including valuations, estate management, landlord & tenant, site acquisition and development, common land and conservation.

The event arrival is at 6.45pm ready for a 7pm start, a light supper will be available at the seminar so it is advisable to register interest for catering purposes. For more information or to register for the event contact 01228 406260 or email charlotte.raw@hhland.co.uk

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