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ISSUE 18: 20 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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Are You Ready for Brexit?

Farming is Changing

DEFRA has published a booklet called Farming is Changing which describes the Governments farming policy in England after Brexit. Farming is Changing aims to remove some uncertainty and provides information that farmers in England might need to get ready for the coming changes, such as:

• phasing out direct payments
• changing how we work together
• changing rules and regulations
• grant programmes

The Farming is Changing leaflet can be found by clicking here.

Free Brexit Business Events

The Government is arranging 30 free face-to-face Brexit Business Readiness Events, right across the UK between Monday 16 September and Friday 18 October. Businesses can find out what actions they need to take to prepare for Brexit. The events will include support and advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide attendees with specific advice and help on how they can prepare their business for Brexit. To find out further information about the event and to book a place, please click here.

Welsh Government Produces No Deal Brexit Action Plan

Following the requirement placed upon the UK Government to issue its so-called "Operation Yellowhammer" no-deal Brexit document, the Welsh Government has taken some of the assumptions within the UK paper to produce its own action plan. It covers matters for which the Welsh Government has responsibility, including those of the farming community. It can be read by clicking here.

Preparing Your Farm for Brexit

The Welsh Government has created a page on its website which sets out advice for farmers across Wales about the steps that need to be taken to prepare to leave the EU. This page will be updated regularly. Please click here to be directed to the page.

This Week's Other News Bites

RPA FDM Payments

The RPA has set the English Financial Discipline Mechanism (FDM) rate at 1.346% and is aiming to have started the payment process by 16 September 2019. Every farmer who has a BPS claim value of over €2000 is eligible to receive this payment and is likely to have received this payment for many years. The purpose of FDM is to allow a small percentage of BPS payments over €2000 to be annually withheld, in order to create an EU crisis fund. If this fund is not needed, it is then refunded back to the eligible farmer the following year. TFA members who wish to learn more about what FDM means, and how to calculate the amount you are due, can click here.

DEFRA Survey for The Review of General Licences

DEFRA has launched a survey as part of its planned review of the use of general licences to manage wild birds in England. DEFRA has asked the TFA, as far as possible, to collate survey responses from its members. The survey can be accessed by clicking here and members wishing to do so should send completed copies by email to by Friday 15 November.

Farming Recovery Fund

Through June and July this year, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire experienced extreme rainfall causing flooding. As a result, the UK Government has confirmed that it will be providing £2m to assist farmers who suffered damage to their assets caused by either of the two floods of 10-12 June 2019 or 30 July 2019. The scheme will cover non-insurable items such as re-cultivation, reseeding, removing debris from agricultural land and reinstating field boundaries. Up to 100% of the works will be funded with a minimum grant level of £500 and a maximum grant level of £20,000. For more information, TFA members can click here to read the TFA Briefing Note E04/19.

Closing Date of Countryside Facilitation Fund is Approaching

DEFRA has launched the fourth round of the Countryside Facilitation Fund, which opened for applications on 05 August 2019 and will close 04 October 2019.

The scheme, administered by the Rural Payments Agency, has a total budget of £2.5 million for its fourth round. The amount of funding you receive depends on the number of holdings involved in the group and the work that you do. The RPA provides the following examples:

• with 4 holdings, you could receive up to £12,000 each year, which comprises £500 per holding and up to £10,000 for costs of delivering the cooperation,

• with 10 holdings, the amount could rise to £15,000 up to a maximum of £50,000 each year for a group of 80 holdings. All applications will be assessed for value for money through a competitive process.

For further information on this scheme, and how to apply, TFA members can click here to read the TFA Briefing Note A10/19.

DEFRA’s E-Alert System

DEFRA has created an email alert system to help farmers get ready for Brexit and inform them about news from DEFRA and Government initiatives. Categories range from animal health, welfare and farming to the environment to name just a few. To sign up for these emails, please click here. Input your email address and choose which categories of news you wish to be signed up to.

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.

TFA Organic Farm Walk

Over 40 members enjoyed the latest TFA Farm Walk this week, hosted by the Rider family near Devizes, Wiltshire. Jonny Rider spoke about his 600 strong organic, Pasture for Life, dairy herd which is milked once a day and fed on herbal pastures. We also visited his bull calves which are reared on nurse cows. TFA Adviser, Caroline Foot, also talked through the proposed changes to agricultural tenancy legislation and what those changes may mean to individual farm businesses. This is the final planned TFA farm walk for 2019. We already have a number in the planning for 2020, so watch this space. If you would like a farm walk in your area, please contact Julia Meadows, TFA Communications and Events Coordinator by calling 0118 930 6130.

Calling All Tenant Farmers in Mid and South Wales

TFA Cymru is pleased to be linking up once again with Farming Connect to deliver some specific seminars for tenant farmers in Wales. Following the successful events run in North Wales earlier in the year, events are being planned for 03 and 04 December in mid and South Wales. Further details will be available in due course. These will be posted on the TFA Calendar of Events which can be accessed by clicking here. TFA Cymru will also be holding a member’s meeting at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on the evening of Wednesday 06 November.

We'll Be Back Soon...

Our e-Bulletins will be taking a short break over the next two weeks while Julia Meadows is on holiday. In the meantime, please keep up to date with key news by following TFA on social media. Also, watch out for new TFA Briefing Notes published in the member's area of our website. Our e-Bulletins will resume with TFA e-News on Friday 11 October.

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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 – MR19/35 – Early Advice Essential to Stop Farming Problems From Festering

TFA Blog

We Must Have a Plan for a No Deal Brexit

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 U01/19 – RPA Financial Discipline Mechanism FDM Payments

TFA BRIEFING NOTE E04/19 - Farming Recovery Fund 2019

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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