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ISSUE 21: 15 November 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 Publishes Its Top Priorities for The Next UK Government

As the country heads to the polls on 12 December, the TFA has published its manifesto of issues that it wants the next Government to take forward. We would ask all TFA members to use the TFA manifesto to quiz local candidates about their priorities. To read the manifesto in full, click here.

TFA Chief Executive Makes the Case for Home Produced Meat

In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Express, TFA Chief Executive George Dunn was asked to respond to the current "anti-meat" agenda. Click here to read what he said.

The UK Government has Announced Further Support for Flood-hit Farmers

The Government has announced it will be expanding the Farm Recovery Fund from Swaledale and Wainfleet to areas in South Yorkshire & East Midlands hit by last weekend’s severe flooding. Farmers affected by flooding within those areas will be able to apply for up to £25,000 in Government grants to cover repair costs such as clearing debris and recovering damaged land. For further information, TFA members can please read the TFA Briefing note U15/19, either via the member's area of the TFA website, or by clicking here.

TFA Regional Discussion Group - North Yorkshire - Registration Closes 5 pm Friday 15 November

The TFA is hosting a Discussion Group, starting at 7:30 pm on 20 November 2019 at Malton and Norton RUFC, Malton, YO17 7EY.

We are pleased to announce that Caroline Horn, from George F White, will be our main speaker. She will talk about Succession, Diversification and Rent Reviews. This will be followed by TFA National Vice-Chairman, Mark Coulman, who will provide an update on future agri-environment schemes and the Government’s public payments for public goods agenda.

To register your place, click here. Alternatively, call TFA head office before 5pm today on 0118 930 6130. This is a FREE event open to any farmer who farms land they do not own, regardless if they are a TFA member.

Have Your Say on General Licences - Survey Deadline Extended

For those who haven't responded to the current DEFRA survey on the use of general licences to manage wild birds, you now have till 5 pm on Monday 18 November to forward your feedback to TFA Adviser, Adriana Vaux. DEFRA is asking organisations, such as the TFA, to collate responses from members to assist the progress of the review. An electronic version of the survey can be accessed by clicking here. Completed surveys should be emailed to

Farming Connect and TFA Cymru Provide Further Events for Tenant Farmers in Wales

TFA Cymru, once again, is joining with Farming Connect to provide tenant farmers in Wales with two full days of advice, information and support.

On Tuesday 03 December our Chief Executive, George Dunn, will be holding one-to-one advice surgeries between 9:00am and 5:00pm at the YFC office, Agriculture House, Winch Lane, Haverfordwest. This will be followed by an evening seminar, open to all, at the Pavilion Withybush, Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest starting at 7:30pm.

This will be repeated the following day on Wednesday 04 December at The Beaufort, High St, Raglan, Usk.

To book a one-to-one advice session, or a place at one of the forums, contact Bradley Lewis on - 01970 600 174 or email

Don't Miss Our Up Coming Events

The following FREE events are coming up in the next few months. Many need places to be reserved in advance. Click on the dates to find out more.

20 November - TFA Attending Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day

20 November - North East Region Discussion Group at Malton and Norton RUFC

25 - 26 November - Free Tenancy Advice Available at the Welsh Winter Fair 2019

03 & 04 December - TFA Cymru with Farming Connect Open Meetings in Mid and South Wales

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Member Benefits

bira Bank - Latest Loan Rates

New rates have just been announced for TFA Members. Please click here to view current rates which include a promotional rate for equipment loans. Any quote received during the promotional period (which ends 31st January 2020) will be honoured for 12 months.

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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 Releases

TFA Media Release – MR19/43 – TFA Sets Out General Election Priorities

Consultation Responses and Lobbying

TFA Manifesto For The 2019 UK General Election

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

A15/19 – Government Announces Further Support for Flood-Hit Farmers

And finally....

Sweet Home Hinton Ampner - The Tenant Farmer's Diary From 2015

TFA members, Charlie and Hazel Flindt, are second-generation tenant farmers on 920 acres of the National Trust-owned estate at Hinton Ampner in Hampshire. In 2015, Charlie decided that the time was right to record, in the finest detail, a year on a normal, non-organic, non-rare breed farm – the sort of farm that forms the vast majority of the countryside and feeds an even higher proportion of the population. The result is a comprehensive daily record of weather, farm activities, band rehearsals, gruesome medical matters, rural crime and, of course, Tuesday nights in the Flowerpots pub. A farm diary like you’ve never read before.

Find it on Amazon and eBay, or email them for special TFA rates. For more information, please send an email to

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