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

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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

Strategy and the land manager

These slides provide an update on the survey I have been undertaking for my RAU 100 Club/RICS (Royal Agricultural University/Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Fellowship on the topic of strategy in rural estate management. The 151 respondents to date have been involved in the management of at least 1.973 million acres in the last year, and … Continue reading Strategy and the land manager

Estate Management Strategy: a survey

Please can I invite readers to complete a short survey for me, particularly if you are involved in land or estate management on any scale. There are seven questions, and it should take no more than a few minutes to complete.  This link will take you to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKDDXRZ The results of the survey … Continue reading Estate Management Strategy: a survey

Business tools for the rural estate: long and medium term planning

What business tools or techniques do we use on rural estates?  Does it all boil down to annual budgeting, assessing performance against projections, capital project planning, the occasional tax review?  Or is there more to it than that?  Strategic environmental analysis perhaps?  Simple SWOT analyses?  Sophisticated investment appraisal using DCF?  Stakeholder analysis?  Cost benefit analysis?  Multi-criteria … Continue reading Business tools for the rural estate: long and medium term planning