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ISSUE 19: 18 October 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

UK Secures ‘Listed Status’ to Protect £5bn Export Market

The TFA has welcomed this week’s announcement by DEFRA that the UK has been granted ‘national listed status’ from EU member states. This will ensure that the export of live animals and products of animal origin, such as meat, fish and dairy, can continue, even if we leave without a deal on 31 October.

The move recognises the UK’s high biosecurity and animal health standards and brings welcome clarity to a market worth more than £5 billion a year.

TFA National Chairman, James Gray, commented “Our export markets are becoming increasingly vital as the UK slowly succumbs to the constant anti-meat agenda of the mainstream media. It would have been a devastating blow to have lost such an important outlet. Many of our members are keepers of livestock, especially cattle and sheep. This announcement will give them (and me) much-needed reassurance and put an end to the constant worry that we have had to endure over the past twelve months.” To read the DEFRA press release in full, click here.

Government Introduces Environment Bill

This week, TFA National Chair, James Gray, attended an environment keynote speech given by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Theresa Villiers MP. The speech, on Tuesday 15 October coincided with the First Reading of the Environment Bill within the House of Commons, and it gave an outline of the Governments' 25-year Environment Plan. To read more about the Bill, click here.

TFA Responds to Consultation on Tenancies

The TFA has responded to the consultation “A New Deal for Renting: Resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants” from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on its questions relating to agricultural tenancies. To read the TFA response in full, please click here.

BPS 2019 Support Scheme in Wales

The BPS 2019 Support Scheme is available on RPW online from 15 October. This is a facility that can provide a loan to help farmers who do not receive their BPS 2019 payment when the BPS payment window opens on 1 December 2019. You will need to apply for this scheme by 29 November, if you wish to receive a payment, in the event that yours has not been fully processed. RPW hopes to start BPS Support Scheme payments from 9 December 2019. Guidance can be found here. For more information, TFA members can click here to read the TFA Briefing Note U03/19.

New Methods to Age Sheep at Slaughter

The Government has plans to amend English and Welsh legislation on ageing sheep at slaughter. Sheep over 12 months old must have certain body parts removed to protect public health. The changes would allow abattoirs to use a different method for deciding the ages of sheep. At present, abattoirs count the number of a sheep’s permanent teeth to decide its age. Please click here for the full consultation, to find out more and to respond.

Seasonal Grazing (wintering/tack) in Wales

If you rent land or send your stock for seasonal grazing, there may be inspection and welfare implications for the landowner. Please click here to see the flow charts showing arrangements.

Don't Miss This Year's Three Counties Farming Conference

Don't forget to book your tickets to this year’s Farming Conference on 14 Nov at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn, will discuss the challenges facing tenant farmers and how they can find themselves a solution for the future. Tickets start from £10 and can be purchased here.

Book Your Place at the TFA Cymru Tenancy Seminar

The topic being discussed at the next TFA Cymru seminar on 06 November 2019, at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells is Sustainable Farming and Our Land: What Are the Implications For The Tenanted Sector Of Agriculture in Wales.

Speakers include TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn. He will provide an update on the implications for tenant farmers arising from the Welsh Government’s new “Sustainable Farming and Our Land” consultation document. He will also discuss how new policies need to ensure they are accessible for tenant farmers, as well as offering TFA Top Tips for Promoting Sustainability of Tenanted Farm Businesses Beyond Brexit.

This is a FREE event and is open to any farmer in Wales who farms land they do not own regardless if you are a TFA Cymru member. For more details, click 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 Blog

Rural Crime – How to Manage It!

Tips for Dealing with “Direct Action

Consultation Responses and Lobbying

TFA Response to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation: A New Deal for Renting: Resetting the Balance of Rights and Responsibilities Between Landlords and Tenants

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

TFA Briefing Notes

TFA Briefing Note U03/19 – BPS 2019 Support Scheme in Wales

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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