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Q1 Sales Roundup 2024

We’ve had a fantastic start to 2024 at StephensonsRural and BoultonCooper, with our Rural Property […]

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North Yorkshire Council Call for Sites 2024

You may be aware that North Yorkshire Council has invited landowners to put forward sites […]

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Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and Grant Update

The environment team have had a few busy months with deadlines looming for many grants […]

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PLAN YOUR CASHFLOW

  Whether we like it or not we are in a world marketplace and the […]

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Agricultural Landlord & Tenant Code of Practice 2024

  In 2022 the Tenancy Working Group, chaired by Baroness Rock, was instructed to undertake […]

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RPA KEY DATES 2024

With the CS Revenue claims, Farm Equipment and Technology Fund portals open and deadlines fast […]

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Stewardship Schemes – Are you complying fully with your agreement?

Cross Compliance inspections ended on 31st December 2023. Farms could now be visited to check […]

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Spring Budget 2024 Review: Land & Property

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has delivered what is expected to be his […]

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Substantial increases in government support for managed woodland.

New Woodland Management plan rates and threshold, minimum threshold dropped to 3 hectares. 3 hectares […]

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Blake Stiles Farm, Easingwold, York

An opportunity to purchase a well located smallholding, in need of refurbishment, just to the […]

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 Farm Equipment and Technology Fund – FETF24

Applications can now be submitted for FETF 2024. The scheme is open for farmers, horticulturalists, […]

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Private Sales of Farms, Land and Estates.

There are many reasons why vendors may consider a private sale of their farms or […]

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Rural Property Update – 2023 to 2024

The Rural Property Team at Stephensons Rural and Boulton Cooper have had a successful conclusion […]

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TELECOMS LEASE RENEWALS UNDER THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE

If you have a telecommunications mast located on your property and you are contacted by […]

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SFI Update & Green Hay

Defra have recently updated the Agricultural Transition Plan and announced a number of changes to […]

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Reflections on 2023

Its not been an easy journey travelling through 2023 and here are my milestones upon […]

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The End of Cross Compliance

With the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme and its replacement with the new […]

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Improving Farm Productivity grants – Round 2

DEFRA have recently announced that a second round of the Improving Farm Productivity grant, available […]

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FARM SALE RESULTS –

A superb set of results at our latest Farm Sale at Bellmanear Farm, North Grimston. […]

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The late Autumn Property Market is in full swing…

November is not usually the traditional month for the sale of rural properties. However, we […]

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL NON-ASSURED LIVESTOCK FARMERS

A statutory health attestation is coming into force on 13th December 2023 for all non-assured […]

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Basic Payment Scheme – Delinked Payments

The last submission of BPS claims as we know it happened in May of this […]

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Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF)– What Grants are on offer in North Yorkshire?

Support for rural business to develop new products and facilities have formerly been able to […]

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Food Security – Never More Important than Now

People need to eat to survive.  For that reason, I remain confident in farming in […]

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Yorkshire’s Rural Property Market: a Summer of sizzling results with an exciting Autumn ahead…

The traditional summer property market is drawing to a close, with an exciting range of […]

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The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway – September 2023 Update

The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway supports continual improvement in farm animal health and welfare […]

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The Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023 (SFI 23) has arrived and applications open late August 2023

Farming subsidies are changing, and the move away from the Basic Payment Scheme style area […]

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Woodland Taxation – Why you need to have your woodlands managed?

The key word to bear in mind when considering tax legislation and tax reliefs for […]

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Busy Summer of Machinery Sales

It has been a very busy summer for the York Machinery sales, with both record […]

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New Calf Housing for Health and Welfare Grant

New Calf Housing for Health and Welfare Grant DEFRA has announced a new grant that […]

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Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) – Applications opening soon….

Defra recently published the 156-page Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) handbook with applications opening sometime in […]

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TO RENT OR NOT TO RENT IN THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR

Many of you will have read the article by Rod Cordingley last month on the […]

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TO RENT, OR NOT TO RENT? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

I have recently been involved in advising clients on tenders for farms and bare land […]

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RPA Announces Countryside Stewardship Upland Payment Rates

DEFRA  have reviewed and increased payment rates for revenue options under environmental land management schemes […]

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COULD THE TAX REGIME HELP YOU?

For arable farmers, the year is rolling on and thoughts already turning to ordering seed […]

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Landscape Recovery Scheme – Opened on 18th May 2023

Farmers and landowners will receive funding and support for projects to create new habitats for […]

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As the BPS deadline closes another one is on the horizon – Countryside Stewardship

Applications for Countryside Stewardship Wildlife Offers and Mid-Tiers must be submitted by 18th August 2023 […]

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Water Management Grant – round 2

When: Stage 1 – the eligibility checker is open now until 12th July 2023. What […]

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Delinked payments: replacing the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

Further to the completion of BPS submissions for the 2023 scheme year and for the […]

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RPA KEY DATES 2023 & FETF Animal & Welfare now open

With the Basic Payment Scheme and CS Revenue Claim portal opens, please find below all […]

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Ash dieback is now widespread in Yorkshire ….

Ash dieback is now widespread in Yorkshire and is leading to dieback of mature ash […]

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Land Market Review & Predictions

National Review The review of the 2022 land market reports that the average price per […]

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Farming in a Protected Landscapes Scheme

The Farming in a Protected Landscapes Scheme, currently delivered across 10 National Parks and 34 Areas […]

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Machinery Events take Centre Stage in February

February saw two major events for agricultural machinery, with both taking place within 14 days […]

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Does your existing Mid-Tier end in December 2023? Time for a review…?

Whilst this may seem a long way off now is a good time to review […]

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Ryedale Planning Update

Whilst it remains in existence, Ryedale District Council continues to carry out a review of […]

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Farming Equipment and Technology Fund

Applications will open soon for the Farm Equipment and Technology Fund aimed at Animal Health […]

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YAMS – WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2023 – A MESSAGE TO ALL OUR CLIENTS

2023 heralds a period of real change in our farming industry and Stephensons Rural have […]

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AWARD WINNING YAMS SET FOR ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING SHOW

The award winning Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) is set for another record breaking event […]

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CONTRACT FARMING OR FARM BUSINESS TENANCY?

If you are looking to expand your business, the next couple of years may throw […]

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A fresh start for New Entrants!

With the phasing out of the BPS system, new entrants into farming are losing the […]

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Countryside Stewardship – Increased Payment Rates

At the Oxford Farming Conference last week Defra Minister Mark Spencer announced that revenue payment […]

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The future of environmental stewardship

Increasing costs, the phasing out of direct payments and increasing environmental pressures in the form […]

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Sheep Market update

Whilst numbers of fat lambs coming forward are tight, demand for store lambs is stronger […]

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Slurry Infrastructure Grant – now open!

The first stage of the Slurry Infrastructure Grant (SIG) “eligibility checker” opens on 6th December […]

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Nurturing your farming business – SR and Harrowells Event

A superb turnout last Friday with 70 guests at our farming event run jointly with […]

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A Celebration of Meat

At the weekend we had a family wedding and I was sat next to a […]

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RPA Payments

The RPA has started issuing the 2022 RPA payments. As at 6th December 2022 95.3 […]

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Case Study – Inheritance Tax Valuation

With Inheritance Tax at 40%, it remains as crucial as ever for farmers and landowners […]

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Countryside Stewardship – Last chance!

Applications for Countryside Stewardship Higher-Tier (HT) and Mid-Tier (MT) Schemes will open for the final […]

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YAMS 2022 WINS RURAL AWARD

The Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) held on 2nd February this year has won the […]

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Lump Sum Exit Scheme – Farmland Impact

2022 has seen a steady flow of farmland being offered for sale although not at […]

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Stop press – Defra commits to Environmental Land Management Scheme

Despite recent media stories casting doubt on Environmental Land Management (ELM) Schemes The Government have […]

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Timber Market Review 2022

2022 has seen unprecedented global turmoil following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine in February. The […]

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FORTHCOMING MACHINERY AUCTION SALE

On Saturday the 15 October we have a unique farm sale comprising all the machinery […]

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The Golden Hoof

The cost of fertiliser is a very topical issue and driving farmers to find less […]

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Deregulation – Lets Start with Phone Masts

If the new Government team are keen on deregulation, then let’s start with the Digital […]

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