Budget 2014: Rural points

Nothing very obvious grabs the rural headlines in today's budget other than the extension of CGT rollover relief to the new Basic Farm Payments.  This measure is backdated to 20 December 2013, the date the new payment entitlements were introduced. The single most significant measure for most rural businesses will be the increase and extension … Continue reading Budget 2014: Rural points

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The Privatisation of Biodiversity

Professor Colin Reid and Dr Walters Nsoh presented the conclusions of their research programme at the University of Dundee on 20 February 2014. Their research has focussed on the legal implications of the development of new 'markets' in natural capital. The emphasis tended to focus on biodiversity offsetting and payments for ecosystem services. Law Commissioner … Continue reading The Privatisation of Biodiversity

Prospects for agricultural markets and income in the EU 2013 – 2023

Agricultural income growth will have to rely on restructuring in the next 10 years, rather than growth in commodity prices. This is a key conclusion from the European Commission Report, Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income in the EU 2013-2023, issued this week. At farm level, what does this mean for UK farmers?  'Firm' commodity … Continue reading Prospects for agricultural markets and income in the EU 2013 – 2023

CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

Decision week for Defra Secretary Owen Paterson.  He is due to announce the 'modulation' rate for England by the end of the week.  Will it be 9% as the NFU wants, or 15% as the RSPB demands?  Modulation is EU-speak for the amount of farming support that is diverted (modulated) into more general rural development … Continue reading CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

The Conversation is a website sponsored by several universities and others, with the aim of combining academic rigour with journalistic flair. Environment Editor Michael Parker asked me to appraise Prince Charles' editorial in the Country Life, and this is the article published by The Conversation on Friday 15 November 2013. Charles: the future king with … Continue reading The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

Jeremy Moody full speech at Harper Adams on CAP Reform

Jeremy Moody spoke to a packed audience of students and staff in the new Weston Lecture Theatre on the subject of CAP Reform on 17 October 2013. This is the full presentation (about 30 minutes with questions). CAP Reform from Harper Adams on Vimeo. Jeremy Moody is Secretary and National Adviser to the Central Association … Continue reading Jeremy Moody full speech at Harper Adams on CAP Reform

Jeremy Moody interviewed on Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Jeremy Moody, National Adviser and Secretary to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a national expert on CAP Reform was interviewed at Harper Adams University on 17 October after speaking to a large audience of students and staff on this topic. Video courtesy of Harper Adams University