What is Agriculture in 2018

The Agriculture Bill is very important draft legislation.  We might expect it to define agriculture itself with a new definition fit for the 21st century and our post-Brexit future.  But the closest it seems to get is clause 13 which tells us that 'agriculture includes any growing of plants, and any keeping of creatures, for … Continue reading What is Agriculture in 2018

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Health and Harmony: the future of UK Agriculture

Tonight sees the deadline for responses to the Defra (The UK Dept for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Command Paper on future policy for Agriculture. Despite reading the document carefully I can't clearly see what the farmer or farm of the future might look like, but I do get a sense of a higher and … Continue reading Health and Harmony: the future of UK Agriculture

Twenty-five year Environment Plan

First thoughts on today's 25 year Environment Plan?  Confirmation of the direction of travel we have seen since the Natural Environment White Paper of 2011: The Natural Choice: securing the Value of Nature The headline points for farmers and land managers: An environmental net gain principle for development, housing and infrastructure; A new Environmental Land Management system; … Continue reading Twenty-five year Environment Plan

Rural Proofing: a key reference for rural activists and analysts

Rural analysts and activists take note.  Defra has updated its rural proofing guidance this week.  This will be a key reference for anybody interested in the development and impact of policies which affect rural areas.  Why? Because policy measures are meant to have been 'rural proofed'.  So the criteria for rural proofing are important because … Continue reading Rural Proofing: a key reference for rural activists and analysts

New Brexit Blog

I have set up a new blog site solely dedicated to Brexit, Farming and the Rural Economy. You can see it here, and in particular a page of links to useful information which I hope to keep updated with relevant publications and other sources of Brexit information as they appear. I hope you will find … Continue reading New Brexit Blog

Measure for Measure

Philip Meade has published a post on his Dispute Resolution blog which serves as an excellent reminder of some of the good practice surveying basics: points which are just as useful to a trainee or newly-qualified surveyor as they are to an experienced arbitrator.  I'm delighted to reproduce it below: Despite our professional roots in … Continue reading Measure for Measure