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?”,

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

As I walked out one midsummer morning – December 2014

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

Predictably unpredictable – November 2014

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.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

CLM Special Report – October 2014

Going beyond farming to support business….

A special report on CLM prepared by South East Farmer

 Article by Open PDF

The devil is in the detail – September 2014

ELS and OELS agreements that started on or after January 2012 started too late to receive the full protection of Jim Paice’s pledge…….

 Article by Kevin Jay Open PDF

Farmland is not just for farmers

Should we take more interest in the land around us? To many the countryside is a mystery. Whether driving through country lanes, walking the South Downs or exercising the dog most of us use it in one way or another.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

The three crop penalty – August 2014

The BPS three crop rule will be a real game changer………………


A third crop that works? – July 2014

A third crop that works?

With an increasing number of anaerobic digesters being installed and granted planning permission there will potentially be many benefits and opportunities for neighbouring farmers to take advantage of.  The vast majority of new AD plants are designed to run wholly on forage crops such as maize, rye and fodder beet but the key question is “Do they all have enough acres to sustainably feed the hungry beasts from their own farm alone?”

 Article by PHIL GOSCOMB Open PDF

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