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Our in-house rural research team reviews the latest information and trends and produces briefing papers for clients and for our Rural team, so it is as up-to-date as possible.  It is led by Dr Jason Beedell, who is part of our team of 49 researchers which works across Europe on all major property markets.  We produce a series of rural market reports, on crop yields, returns from contract farming and the farmland markets in England and Scotland, as well as occasional papers.  The team also produces Land Business Update, a free fortnightly e-bulletin on the latest property news and issues. 

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  • 20.03.2023
    You could be forgiven for thinking that there was not much on offer for rural businesses and places in the Spring 2023 Budget. There were a few significant announcements, which include: The 100% first year allowance for companies to be able to write off the full cost of qualifying main rate plant and machinery investment […]
    3 mins
  • 09.03.2023
    FARMING Basic Payment Scheme opens in England on 14th March This year payments will be 35 – 55% lower than historical rates.  Please contact your local farming team or Andrew Atkinson, who writes our guide to Basic Payments, if you have any questions about BPS or planning farming systems to adjust to the reductions. How […]
    6 mins
  • 23.02.2023
    FARMING Scottish agricultural reform route map published This sets out the timetable for changes to farming and environmental policy between now and 2027 to help land managers plan for them. It confirms that the existing support will continue in 2023 and 2024 as expected with the changes to support starting in 2025: New conditionality requirements […]
    7 mins
  • 09.02.2023
    FARMING New round of funding to improve farm profitability and sustainability The second round of the Large Research and Development (R&D) Partnerships fund will open on the 20th February for farmers, growers, foresters and agri-businesses. The £8 million pot of money will aim to fund projects seeking to develop new agricultural solutions aimed at for […]
    6 mins
  • 26.01.2023
    FARMING AND LAND USE Countryside Stewardship Scheme payment increases clarified but still inequitable for existing agreements Defra has clarified who will receive the new payment rates that were announced at the Oxford Farming Conference on 5th January: Management options – most have increased, by an average of 10%, and will apply to all new and […]
    10 mins
  • 12.01.2023
    FARMING AND LAND USE Countryside Stewardship and SFI 2023 changes in payment rates Defra has announced an increase in the payments under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) to encourage more farmers to sign up.  CSS revenue payments will increase by an average of 10% and capital payments will increase by […]
    6 mins
  • 09.12.2022
    Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. This is the last Land Business Update for 2022 and it’s a bumper one although there is not a lot of Christmas spirit? Bah humbug. We hope you have a merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and successful 2023. FARMING AND THE […]
    10 mins
  • 07.12.2022
    Welcome to our quarterly tracker of key land management, farming, planning and energy regulation and legislation. In this issue we cover: EMPLOYMENT Implement:  National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates (UK)  Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (UK)  ECONOMY Implement Charities Act 2022 (England & Wales) Monitor: Protect Duty (UK) Levelling Up […]
    2 mins
  • 24.11.2022
    Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD More confusion and delay over Environmental Land Management schemes in England Defra is planning to significantly change its plans for the new ELM schemes, according to widely leaked details from a stakeholder meeting held in mid-November. Defra has not […]
    6 mins
  • 10.11.2022
    Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Funding available under the Farming Investment Fund in England This table summarises what grants are for and whether they are open. Please speak to Marie Charles for more details or if you are considering an application. When and how […]
    5 mins
  • 04.11.2022
    The impact of soaring energy costs has dominated the headlines in recent months, with volatility in international gas markets rapidly driving up prices. Our energy team has been extremely busy looking at opportunities for rural businesses to mitigate these rises and/or generate returns by moving into renewable energy production.    We can help advise you […]
    1 min
  • 25.10.2022
    Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING More land let under Farm Business Tenancies but overall let area falls The area of land let under Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs) grew by 2% in 2021 and the area let under Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) tenancies fell by a similar […]
    6 mins

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  • Jason Beedell
    Director, Research
    Head Office, London
  • Jason Beedell
    Director, Research
    Head Office, London

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