DEFRA Revises TIFF Estimate

DEFRA Revises TIFF Estimate

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has now published revised estimates which suggest Total Income From Farming (TIFF) in the UK fell by around 7.5% in 2016. This is significantly different from their original figure of 1.5% reported earlier...
Water Abstraction License Reforms

Water Abstraction License Reforms

Both Defra and the Welsh Government have announced plans to abolish Water Abstraction Licences and replace them with Water Abstraction Permits in the early 2020’s.The current licencing system was initially set up in the 1960’s and has been described as not flexible or...
The Growth In Anaerobic Digestion

The Growth In Anaerobic Digestion

DEFRA have recently published the third and final annual report into the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Strategy and Action Plan which was launched in June 2011. They report that: By September 2014 there were 140 AD plants in operation (This is up from the baseline of 68 in...
Dairy Farmers – DEFRA Appeal to HMRC for Tax

Dairy Farmers – DEFRA Appeal to HMRC for Tax

According to farming minister George Eustice DEFRA have requested that HMRC take a “sympathetic stance” with dairy farmers and consider the individual circumstances of each business in the wake of the dairy crisis. It has been requested that tax payments be...
Bird Flu – Prepare Your Farm Profile

Bird Flu – Prepare Your Farm Profile

Avian influenza is once again making the news after it was reported that it had been detected on a duck farm in the north-east of England. The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have since introduced a 10km restriction zone and culled all...