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ISSUE 17: 6 September 2019

Welcome to the Latest TFA e-BITES

Did you know the TFA has extended who it can assist? It can now help a whole range of farm business structures, including:

Share Farming
Contract Farming
Grazing Licences

In fact, the TFA is the only organisation dedicated to the needs of farmers across England and Wales who do not own the land they farm. As a member of the TFA, we can help you with all of the following and so much more:

Succession - Rent Reviews - Arbitration Process - Notices to Quit/Remedy - End of Tenancy Considerations - BPS/Countryside Stewardship Queries - Repair/Improvements Advice - Compulsory Purchase and Compensation - Planning Applications - Game Damage - Livestock Worrying - Applying for a New Tenancy

Even if you don't need specific advice on your tenancy, or information on the latest Government schemes, make sure you log onto our website regularly. You can find us here. Some of our website content is restricted to TFA Members only. You can become a TFA member by clicking here or by calling 0118 930 6130.

As a Member, you can log on to our website using your membership number and postcode. Once you have logged in to the Members area of our site, there is a wealth of information on the latest Government news, updates on Brexit and information on new tenancy opportunities. This includes farms to let across England and Wales within our Business Opportunities area!
More information on this week's key updates, including these tenancy opportunities, can be found below after "This Week's Top News Bites".

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This Week's Top News Bites

TFA Evidence on "Net Zero" to EFRA Select Committee

The House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has decided to hold an Inquiry to examine how agriculture can achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, whilst maintaining food production. It will also look at how those affected in farming communities can be supported fairly through the transition. For more information, click here. The TFA was invited to submit written evidence to the Inquiry looking, specifically at the issues for the tenanted sector of agriculture. The TFA’s evidence can be read by clicking here.

Prince's Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme - Opportunities for National Trust Farm Tenants

The TFA was instrumental in bringing the National Trust and Prince's Countryside Fund (PCF) together to provide opportunities for National Trust farm tenants to participate in the highly acclaimed and beneficial Farm Resilience Programme, operated by PCF. Four areas have been identified for these special groups – Devon and Somerset, the Peak District, the Lake District and Snowdonia. However, disappointingly recruitment thus far to these groups has been incredibly low in comparison to other groups on offer by PCF. Other than providing funding and delivering a specific National Trust related session towards the end of the programme, the National Trust is taking a completely hands-off approach and will not have access to any information or data generated within the groups. For more information, and to express interest in taking part, click here. Further information is also available from TFA Head Office.

Hill Farmers Show Support for Creating a Brighter Future

The Uplands Alliance has brought together over 100 hill farmers, from nine areas across England, with staff from DEFRA to explore how farmers can create a brighter future for their businesses and the environment. The meetings, funded by Prince’s Countryside Fund and facilitated by the Uplands Alliance, have shared key findings which included:

Long term schemes (<25 years) would allow business planning and delivery of environmental benefits.

Payment rates need to be sufficient to ensure business viability and should pay for the delivery of existing good practice as well as improvements.

There should be a flexible approach to delivery, focusing on outcomes, not prescriptions.

Forms that can be filled in by the farmer will result in a higher commitment to delivering outcomes.

Local advisors are needed to support application and delivery.

Monitoring and verification of outcomes should be built into the scheme.

To read the full report and notes from each regional meeting, click here.

TFA Farm Walk

The next TFA Farm Walk will be held near Devizes on Wednesday 18 September 2019. It will Start at 1:30 pm, with a look around Horton House Farm with host Jonny Rider. Once complete, TFA Adviser, Caroline Foot, will talk through the proposed changes to agricultural tenancy legislation (following the recent consultation) and what those changes may mean to individual farm businesses. For more information about the hosts, TFA talk and how to book, please click here. This event is open to anyone who farms land they do not own and non TFA members are welcome to attend. To enable us to accurately cater, we ask that places are reserved no later than 12 noon Friday 13 September. To book your place, click here or call the TFA on 0118 930 6130.

New Date Announced for TFA Cymru Regional Meeting

TFA Cymru is hosting a seminar and discussion starting at 7:30 pm on 06 November 2019 at the Metropole Hotel, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DY.

TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn, will provide an update on the implications for tenant farmers arising from the Welsh Government’s new “Sustainable Farming and our Land” consultation document and how new policies need be accessible for tenant farmers.

He will also discuss TFA Top Tips for Promoting Sustainability of Tenanted Farm Businesses Beyond Brexit.

This is a FREE event open to any farmer in Wales who farms land they do not own regardless if you are a TFA Cymru member. A light supper will be provided, so we ask anyone interested in attending to either book your place by clicking here or contact head office on 0118 930 6130.

Women in Dairy Conference

Tickets are still available for the Women in Dairy Conference, which will be held 18 September, at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. The day will start at 9:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm. To read the full programme, view the list of speakers and buy tickets click here.

The winner of the Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award will also be announced at this event – you can read all about the four finalists here.

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Member Benefits

bira Bank - Latest Loan Rates

TFA Members can click here to view current rates. Please be aware the new and used vehicle loan promotion ends 31 October 2019.

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Henderson Insurance Brokers

Are you looking to renew your general farm insurance? Why not contact Henderson to see how they can help. Click here for more details.


TFA Web Bites

The following articles have been uploaded onto this week.

TFA Media Bites - Catch up with this week's TFA Media updates

TFA Media Release – MR19/33 – Leaving the EU without a Plan is the Worst of All Scenarios

TFA Blog

Time for Some Long Term Thinking from Landlords and Their Agents

Consultation Responses and Lobbying

#12 – Written Evidence from the TFA for the House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Achieving “Net Zero” Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Agricultural Industry

MEMBERS ONLY AREA. Please note: Members will need to log into their TFA account before they can access details from the links below.

And finally....

Get Involved! TFA Rent Benchmarking

The TFA Rent Databank provides a valuable benchmarking tool allowing members to make rent comparisons. Our Rent Databank is only as good as the information provided by our TFA members.

If you have recently agreed on a rent on any land that you farm, whether it be an increase, decrease or a standstill, please remember to submit the details to the TFA Rent Databank by clicking here, or by phoning the office on 0118 930 6130.

Remember, it's completely confidential. Only summary information will be presented online, so your farm cannot be individually identified. Further information is only shared with your permission.

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