Days before end of consultation on CAP

A seminar to update farmers on the latest CAP reform work is to be held in Northumberland next week

A rural farming scene
A rural farming scene

A seminar to update farmers on the latest CAP reform work is to be held in Northumberland next week.

Run by consultants H&H Land and Property, it aims to answer key questions for farmers such as the future for farm subsidies payment scales, opportunities to maximise subsidy while ensuring minimal impact on performance and succession planning.

Chaired by H&H managing director John Robson, the discussion-based event will cover a wide range of important issues, and hopefully initiate discussion and debate. The team of speakers and their colleagues will happily answer questions on any rural issue.

The CAP reform process is moving slowly forward and one year on agricultural adviser Andrew Jamieson will provide further thoughts on the process and what it means for farmers in the region.

With the new scheme coming into place on January 1, 2015, Andrew will focus on both the interim period and the potential contents of the new scheme from both a practical and financial level.

Environmental adviser Mike Dyke will explain what it is thought will happen to environmental schemes in the future.

Planning adviser Neil Henderson will review how the changes to Permitted Development Rights have affected the use of agricultural buildings, and chartered surveyor Matthew Bell will provide information regarding third-party access to land.

The seminar is free to attend and takes place at Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge, at 6.45pm on Wednesday, November 27. Supper will be available and registration is advisable.

For more information contact 01228 406260 or 0191 3708 530 or email fiona.cumming@hhland.co.uk

Meanwhile, the Darlington office of property and surveying firm Smiths Gore is warning that there is just a week left for people to contribute to a consultation on CAP reform.

Defra has already confirmed several key areas of the reform but a number of critical issues have yet to be decided and views are being sought from anyone the changes might affect.

Among the issues confirmed are the setting of the minimum claim size for a piece of land – for payment entitlements. There will also be a new basic payment scheme.

But a number of important issues are still in the consultation stage – which closes on 28 November – and are yet to be decided.

These include policies around rural development funding and the accessing of grants for farmers, as well as the way payments are divided up in relation to land. The consultation period closes on Thursday, November 28.

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