Win, lose or draw? – October 2015

The rugby world cup is a perfect distraction from farming. In the coming weeks there is something else to talk about other than the miserable price of wheat.  Whoever you support we are guaranteed fantastic competition between the best rugby sides in the world, let’s hope England recover from the Welsh fiasco and overcome the others bidding to get their hands on that illusive trophy!

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier is worth the wait – September 2015

Attention has turned to the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS). With Expressions of Interest for the 2016 Higher Tier scheme already submitted attention has concentrated on 2016 Mid Tier applications which must be submitted by the 30th September.

September 2015

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

Raft of new schemes and rules – August 2015

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

The purgatory of purdah – July 2015

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.

 Article by Anthony Weston Open PDF

Thoughts from the tour bus – June 2015

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.

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

Getting the balance right – May 2015

In a few days we will know who is going to govern the country for the next five years.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

Life in Beta – April 2015

So what is “Beta Testing”; what is a “soft launch”; are these just euphemisms for poorly thought through policies, excuses for incomplete products?

 Article by Anthony Weston Open PDF

Subsidies for the next generation – March 2015

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? Why? Why? – February 2015

‘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. 

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

Exit plans are for others – January 2015

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”.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

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