June 2020 – Diverse businesses better placed to prosper in post-covid countryside
“Up horn, down corn” is an old agricultural saying that, like many old agricultural sayings, is as relevant today as it has ever been.
It is, or course, a clarion call for the benefits of mixed farming, highlighting how the fortunes of the various sectors are rarely in step and how tough times in one often coincide with periods of relative prosperity in another.
June 2020 – Coronavirus crisis brings succession planning into focus
The Covid-19 crisis is likely to prompt more conversations about succession than ever before. Mark Weaver of CLM considers why – and shares some tips on securing your farm or estate’s long term future by making this potentially painful process happen smoothly and effectively.
May 2020 – Agricultural policy could be rewritten
The Sun isn’t my usual paper of choice, but I couldn’t help but notice a huge advert on the front of it recently.
“Thank you to British Farmers” the full page message from the supermarket Morrisons proclaimed, recognising the sterling work done by farmers keeping food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus crisis.
April 2020 – BNG could be an acronym that farmers learn to love
We’ve already got a lot of acronyms in farming.
There’s BPS, NVZ, GMs, SSSI, AONBs and the RPA just for starters. We’ll need to get used to a new one, though – BNG.
It stands for Biodiversity Net Gain and it might just prove to be one of the most important concepts some farmers can be involved with over the coming years.
April 2020 – Vineyards, planning and coronavirus
The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown many vineyards into crisis, but visitor-based revenues will still underpin incomes for many in the longterm, making site-selection ever-more crucial, says Matthew Berryman.
A lot of viticulturists can’t think further ahead than the next week – or even the next day – at present, as they fight to keep businesses afloat in these unprecedented times.
March 2020 – Look beyond land quality
What is the perfect vineyard site?
We all know the prerequisites for vines to thrive – south-facing, less than 300 feet above sea level, high average temperatures, low frost risk and free draining soils.
But often less appreciated is the fact that a successful vineyard has other requirements nearly as important as the quality of the land.
March 2020 – Farmers, the Caretakers of £1 trillion asset
Farming has received some bad press recently, which I felt the wider effects of while chatting with a grazier who was rounding up escaped sheep.
We suspected the poor animals had probably had enough of being pushed around the field by various dog walkers and had attempted the ovine equivalent of The Great Escape.
February 2020 – Is your let property fit for human habitation?
In all the ‘excitement’ of Brexit over recent months, you would be forgiven for missing a recent and important new piece of legislation relating to let property, which came into force last March.
‘The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018’ received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018 and has amended the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
January 2020 – Can we ignore climate change?
Cast your mind back twenty years to the dawn of the new millennium. The world was gripped with excitement and a sense of optimism marred only by predictions of planes falling from the skies, trains grinding to a halt and banks in meltdown as a result of a Y2K software bug.
December 2019 – Finding the right Contract Winemaker
Extra acres present industry with big processing challenge
The acreage of vines planted in recent years is encouraging evidence of the huge optimism in the sector, but it’s creating a challenge which the industry is yet to fully address – where do we find the processing capacity?