Farmers long-term sickness figures rise by 11%

A rural insurer is warning farmers to protect themselves from unforeseen time off as the new figures show that long-term sickness across the industry has been rising by 11% year-on-year. 

SFI offer “hugely expanded” from July

Defra has quadrupled the actions available to farmers, and added a new, expanded offer for upland farmers, as well as agroforestry and precision farming actions.

Carbon credits: A threat or opportunity for farmers? 

With recent figures showing over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers, and reports of farmers being outbid for land that is being put into woodland or other offsetting projects, we explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes.

Seasonal worker visa route extended following labour shortages

The government has just announced that the seasonal worker visa route will be extended until 2029 following labour shortages. 

Be aware of minimum wage increases for salaried farm workers 

The minimum wage has increased, but employers who are paying salaries rather than hourly rates could be unknowingly offering less than the minimum wage, a farm employment consultant warns British farmers.

Upcoming months set to bring rise in farmland sales

This spring could see a surge in farms and land for sale after weather held off some launches planned for the start of the year, a farm and estate property expert warns. 

Experts discuss future of tenant farming sector at NFU conference

With more than 60% of England’s farmland managed by tenant farmers, industry leaders, experts, institutional landlords and tenant farming members have come together to discuss the future of the sector. 

Volume of UK farmland for sale has increased in 2024

The volume of farmland available on the market in England has been going up in recent months. The latest study has shown that farmers are trying to sell 6% more of their land compared to the same period in 2023. 

Farmers encouraged to apply for FETF amid next week’s deadline 

Farmers and horticulture growers are being encouraged to apply for a grant through Defra’s Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) before the final deadline. 

Farmers need clarity over tax treatment of land in environmental schemes 

Farm and estate property consultancy Carter Jonas has called for clarity over the tax treatment of land put into environmental schemes.

Farmers need flooding fund to open following wettest winter in decades 

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is calling for the flood fund to open as soon as possible following farmers fears for the 2024 harvest after one of the wettest and stormiest winters in decades. 

Dairy monitoring bolus now available for FETF funding

Farmers in England who are looking to adopt smaXtec’s cutting-edge animal health monitoring system, can now get 50% grant funding, through the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024. 

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