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  • How farmers can raise finance from the Countryside Stewardship scheme

    Farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers looking to make environmental improvements may find the government’s Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme beneficial, especially in helping bridge the funding gap once basic payments start to decrease. Tomos Davies looks at what is on offer.

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  • Agricultural tenancy succession: What you need to know

    Tenant farmers have legal succession rights that mean their children and grandchild can potentially take up their tenancies. John Robson discusses the main considerations.

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  • How farmers can prosper from diversifying

    Many farmers are responding to rising energy costs, lower food prices and the huge Brexit question mark with a broad range of enterprising diversification ventures. Julie Liddle runs the rule over some of them.

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  • The risks of not insuring disused farm buildings

    Farm buildings not in use may not seem worth insuring, but failing to do so can expose farmers to significant financial and operational risks. John Robson explains the main issues.

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  • Selling farmland to building developers: Option and Promotion Agreements

    The success of an option agreement hinges on effective negotiation with the developer, while landowners can also look at the alternative of a promotion agreement.

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  • Property management: Legal changes landlords need to know about

    Major legislative changes on property management will have far-reaching implications for landlords. James Pyrah examines the salient issues.

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  • New system means farmers must plough their own furrow

    The government’s Agriculture Bill heralds sweeping changes for farmers, which are causing concern in some quarters. Julie Liddle discusses the implications

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  • Planning policy changes produce mixed reaction

    The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is pivotal to the government’s efforts to tackle the ’broken housing market’. Julie Liddle runs the rule over some of the key changes

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  • Succession: How to keep your farm in your family

    When farmers retire, the future of the business that has often been their life’s work can become uncertain. John Robson examines common succession scenarios – and suggests some solutions

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  • Farmers may struggle to cope with digital VAT changes

    Serious concerns have been raised about how farming businesses will cope with the mandatory digitalisation of VAT returns. John Robson explores the issues.

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  • Succession planning: Time waits for no man

    Succession planning is especially sensitive, but a vital issue for farmers. John Robson, a director at Robson & Liddle Chartered Surveyors, discusses how to get started.

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  • Using drones to survey and value farmland

    Cutting-edge drone technology is increasingly being used to survey and value farmland for both maintenance and marketing purposes. John Robson discusses some of these new developments

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