This year saw the introduction of a range of new rural grants and subsidies after a series of delays.
Article by Anthony Weston and Alex Macdonald Open PDF
I’d ban purdah because of the information vacuum that it causes, and the hearsay and disarray that takes the place of well consulted, communicated and structured schemes and policies.
The CLM tour bus has come to rest after another successful series of seminars across the South East with the Country Land and Business Association.
In a few days we will know who is going to govern the country for the next five years.
So what is “Beta Testing”; what is a “soft launch”; are these just euphemisms for poorly thought through policies, excuses for incomplete products?
My sleep deprived thoughts over the last two weeks have found me drawing rather bizarre parallels between my situation as a new father and that of the RPA as it struggles to launch the Basic Payment Scheme.
Article by Kevin Jay Open PDF
‘Why is it like that?’ asks Hamish (aged 6) on a regular basis throughout the day. He is normally covered in mud, thumb in mouth, inspecting the feed routine at the farm or some other activity. I am normally trying in vain to do something else and struggling to keep up with the machine gun style questioning.
Our language has become full of abbreviations; CAP, BPS, EA, ACCS, EFA, CTS, HMRC! Every industry has its own acronyms meaning little to outsiders. Imagine a city banker listening to a conversation between two farmers on a crisp winter’s morning somewhere on the South Downs: “Has your SFP arrived?”, “No, the flipping RPA say I have put OT1 where it should say TG3”.
It might be tempting to think that the CLM article was transforming into a Laurie Lee book review column. What I am actually alluding to is that at some stage (not necessarily in mid-summer although it may be marginally more pleasant then), it’s always good to get out and about to make sure that things on the ground are all as they should be.
Article by Alex Macdonald Open PDF
On the eve of the Basic Payment Scheme the farming industry is under the cosh. They say everything goes in cycles; up, down, up and then down again. If needed, the dictionary defines volatility as: liable to change rapidly and unpredictably.