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Allowing a mast onto your land or even renewing an old agreement?

Ian Barnard
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For many landowners, an attractive way to utilise their land without creating too much disruption to their core farming business, was to allow telecommunication masts to be erected on their land. Whilst not visually attractive, the masts would generally be...

Planning Change is Welcome News

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The Housing Minister has announced recently that permitted development rights relating to agricultural buildings in our rural communities, are to be extended. Farmers and land owners have long been voicing opinions about the complicated, unpredictable and...

Planning for your future care needs

Orlando Bridgeman
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What happens to the assets of an elderly farmer who needs to go into care? Farming families are treated particularly harshly when it comes to payment of care fees. It is common for an elderly farmer to farm in partnership with his child or children, so...

Sheep Worrying and your rights

Fiona Fawcett
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According to Sheep Watch UK approximately 15,000 sheep are killed each year by pet dogs. These attacks are devastating for the farmer who lose their livestock, their impending offspring and their future income. With dog attacks estimated to cost the farming...

Orlando Bridgeman explains the Inheritance Tax rules behind livery businesses

Orlando Bridgeman
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You may find it illogical that a field used for grazing cattle benefits from Inheritance Tax relief (in the form of Agricultural Property Relief (APR)) but where horses graze the field there is generally no relief (with the notable exception of stud farms)....

Post-Brexit farming is still in the balance

Jennifer Bartram
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2017 seems to have reached December at a relentless pace and has been dominated domestically by Brexit.  The future of agricultural interests seems still in the balance with deal awaited although, as ever, one just around the corner.  Michael Gove...

Mines and Minerals; do you know your rights?

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Minerals are commonly defined as a ‘substance of exceptional use, value and character’.   Oil is likely the first which springs to mind when thinking of what may be under your land, but other minerals which could belong to you are...

Take a closer look at diversification - is it for your farm?

Jessica Appleby
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Most farmers understand the basic concept of diversification e.g. utilising your land for commercial ventures other than agricultural matters, such as renewable energy, farm shops or office development of redundant buildings. Economic changes particularly...

Successful succession planning talk at GYS

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Join us as we talk about...Successful succession planning for a farm business at this years' Great Yorkshire Show. Wednesday 12 July 2.30pm-3.30pm Great Yorkshire Show Seminar Room, Hall 1 Take the taboo out of succession planning and be proactive....

Buying a horse - Your rights if it goes wrong

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Buying a horse is a significant purchase. The likelihood is that you will be spending substantial money so it is extremely important that you know your rights in the event that things go wrong.   There are steps you can take to protect yourself...

Summer Shows 2017

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The Great Yorkshire Show We are going to be back at the Great Yorkshire Show this year! We are looking forward to another brilliant year at the show so come and say “hello” to us in the Members Area and on the NFU trade stand. Driffield Show...

Agricultural News

Ian Barnard
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New Contract Checking Service for NFU Members Before you sign any contract, you need to understand what you’re getting yourself into. That is why the NFU is offering a Contract Checking Service to all their farmer and grower members, in conjunction...

Why pre-nuptial agreements are more common on the farm

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The pre-nuptial agreement sets out how a couple wish their assets to be divided, or in some cases wholly retained by one party, if they later separate or divorce. It is generally entered into in order to protect individual livelihoods or to maintain an...

Flood damage for farmers

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As the waters recede from floods that have covered much of this area, farmers are surveying damaged crops and assessing their losses.   For many, the options do not include insurance claims which often exclude flooding and “Act of...

News for the Agricultural Community

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This week witnessed the launch of a new rural “10 point plan rural productivity plan” and an allied article in the Daily Telegraph carries a piece by Chancellor George Osborne and Defra Secretary Liz Truss in which they reveal details of their...