Poultry still best value meat

South West Farmer: Poultry is still the best value meat

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Poultry prices have risen by around 1.8 per cent on average, much more slowly than 29 other food categories, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.

Last chance to apply for farm recovery grant

South West Farmer: SNJ reader Valerie Hicken pokes fun at the way human activity, particularly house building, has contributed to the recent flooding and how politicians and journalists reacted to the crisis  (4614979)

2:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Farmers affected by the severe flooding in early 2014 have until May 9 to apply for a grant under the Farming Recovery Fund (FRF).

Don't get caught out by TB tax bills

South West Farmer: Don't get caught out by TB tax bills

1:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

Beef and dairy farmers whose cattle are slaughtered due to TB could face substantial tax bills, farming accountant Old Mill has warned. 

Thousands to find out if they'll get part of £15 billion

South West Farmer: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

12:20pm Friday 18th April 2014

Thousands of people involved in farming, wildlife preservation and rural businesses across Cornwall will receive first details this week on how they might benefit from £15 billion in EU funding over the new seven-year CAP period.

Farm banking scam warning

South West Farmer: Threat to jobs as Natwest confirms Woolston branch to be axed

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Farming businesses are being warned to stay alert after a spate of scams across the industry.

Budget 2014 - A Budget for agriculture?

South West Farmer: Chancellor George Osborne

10:49am Wednesday 26th March 2014

David Missen, Head of the agriculture group at MHA, The national association of independent accountants and business advisers gives his reactions to last week's budget announcements: The Budget 2014 has been something of a mould breaker. In previous years most Budget’s topics have been well flagged in advance but this time the Chancellor has pulled two rabbits out of the hat.

RPA appeals process to change

3:10pm Tuesday 19th February 2013

The Rural Payments Agency has recently announced changes to its appeal and complaints process following a review.

Farming building modernisation could be eligible for discounted loans

11:00am Sunday 17th February 2013

Investment projects such as the modernisation of farm buildings could be eligible for discounted loans, according to Richard Nocton of Woolley & Wallis farm and rural agency.

Fix exchange rates, advises accountancy firm

10:00am Saturday 16th February 2013

Farmers could boost their incomes by at least six per cent by fixing exchange rates at current beneficial levels, according to accountancy firm Old Mill.

With farm profits down CAP has never been more important

4:00pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

With England’s wettest year on record a key factor in driving down farm profit, new government forecasts for farm income underline the importance of Common Agricultural Policy to the farming industry, the National Farmers’ Union has said.

Livestock grant applications extended

3:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013

A scheme giving farmers money to improve the health of their livestock through the Duchy College Rural Business School is being extended.

Defra to scrap Agricultural Wages Board

12:00pm Tuesday 5th February 2013

Outdated and bureaucratic restrictions over farm labour could be abolished as early as this year, MP David Heath has announced.

Review your business structure to save £1,000, says Old Mill

12:50pm Thursday 31st January 2013

Farmers and rural enterprises could save £1,000s in tax by reviewing their business structure, according to accountant Old Mill.

RABI able to offer more support to farmers in need

11:00am Tuesday 29th January 2013

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution can now offer more support to farmers in need thanks to Barclays colleagues from Truro and Exeter.

'Concentrate on the basics'

1:50pm Saturday 26th January 2013

HSBC head of agriculture Allan Wilkinson has declared 2013 as the year the agricultural sector needs to concentrate “on the basics” in order to preserve margins.

NFU donates £150k to fund

3:40pm Friday 25th January 2013

NFU Mutual’s Charitable Trust has donated £150,000 to The Prince’s Countryside Fund, to help farmers struggling as a result of poor weather last year.

Don't leave rent negotiations to last minute

10:30am Friday 25th January 2013

Although the tenanted sector has steadily declined since the early 20th century, it still accounts today for just over one third of the farmland area in England and Wales.

Increase in Capitol Allowance limit offers south west farmers opportunity to invest

South West Farmer: Andrew Vickery, head of rural at accountant Old Mill

3:00pm Saturday 12th January 2013

FOLLOWING a tenfold increase in the Capital Allowance limit, farmers and rural businesses have an excellent opportunity to reinvest.

ING departure leaves marked gap

2:10pm Friday 11th January 2013

AFTER the news of ING Lease UK’s departure from the lending industry, (who lend IRO £100 million to UK Agriculture per annum), Brian Richardson, CEO of H&H Group PLC comments on what the future of lending holds for rural businesses and farmers.

Chartered surveyors adopt new guidelines for farm stock takes

South West Farmer: Richard Nocton FRICS FAAV from Woolley & Wallis Chartered Surveyors

8:52am Wednesday 9th January 2013

The RICS have recently issued new guidelines to qualified Chartered Surveyors who undertake farm annual stocktaking valuations.

New models will be on show

South West Farmer: The GMD 4410

8:10am Tuesday 5th June 2012

Kuhn will be exhibiting models from its centrally articulated mounted mower range at grassland demonstrations this summer, the latest new machine being the GMD 2810.

New sales manager appointed

12:50pm Thursday 31st May 2012

New Holland’s newly appointed general sales manager for England and Wales, James Ashworth, has arrived with a determination to uphold the company’s strong local focus.

Insurance costs should be checked

12:40pm Wednesday 30th May 2012

Increases in commodity prices and the rising cost of fuel, stock, feed and machinery has triggered concerns that some Westcountry farmers may not be adequately insured.

ADAS offers zero risk partnership

1:10pm Friday 25th May 2012

Environmental and agricultural consultancy ADAS is offering a zero risk development partnership.

Lawyers announce new man

1:00pm Thursday 24th May 2012

Leading Somerset solicitors firm Pardoes has strengthened its agricultural division by appointing Tim Howells, who is recognised in the Legal 500 as one of the region’s top agricultural solicitors.

RPA reveals new plans

9:00am Saturday 18th February 2012

Plans are announced to create a more efficient and effective farm payments agency offering a fast, responsive and easy to access service to farmers and food producers


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