Keeping abreast of trends in markets and demographics is key to running successful rural businesses. Whether it is looking for diversification opportunities, investing in the latest technological advances such as vertical farming or considering environmental change and how rural businesses can contribute positively to society. Our specialist team, called Rural Ambitions, helps businesses convert these trends into valuable knowledge to start or develop successful businesses.
Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. It has been a slow and prolonged harvest but fortunately weather conditions have improved towards the end. Yields are generally good. […]
Social value is a concept used to measure the impact that property and places can have on communities and the wellbeing of people who live, work and visit them. It is one of the three main pillars of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards used by companies and organisations as a framework to ensure […]
Farming SFI accelerated payments in 2023 With the SFI 2023 now open for applications, Defra has announced that farmers with an agreement that starts in 2023 will receive an ‘accelerated payment’ of 25% of the value of their agreement within the first month. If you are thinking about entering into a SFI agreement and would […]
The government has formally opened the full version of the 2023 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) for England. The headlines are that SFI 2023 is bigger, more flexible and should be easier to apply for. With 23 actions available, it covers existing themes like soil health and moorland, and introduces new actions on hedgerows, integrated pest […]