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Spending Review increases Defra’s budget for 2021/22
The Chancellor’s statement to Parliament on 25 November included an announcement that Defra’s budget for 2021/22 was increasing by almost £1 billion. This increased budget:
- Ensures total farm support in England of £2.415 billion in 2021/22 to meet the government’s manifesto commitment to maintain the current annual budget to farmers.
- Provides more than £90 million for the Nature for Climate Fund.
- Increases funding in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Provides exceptional multi-year provision for flood and coastal defence.
- Ensures funding for fisheries is maintained in line with the government’s manifesto commitment in 2021/22.
- Provides support to implement flagship Environment Bill measures including biodiversity net gain for development, creating new legally binding environmental targets, and the Office for Environmental Protection.
Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull to go into Tier 3 from 2 December
Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull will be placed into Tier 3, the very highest level of restrictions, from 2 December:
- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces
- pubs, cafes and restaurants remain closed although they can operate a take-away service
- gyms and leisure centres can remain open but group exercise cannot go ahead
- all retail shops, personal care and close contact service may stay open
Read the full list of regulations on this page.
Severn Trent Pesticide Amnesty Scheme
Between 1 December and 16 January 2021, farmers in Severn Trent priority catchments can sign up to dispose of unwanted pesticides through the water company’s free, COVID-secure Pesticide Amnesty scheme. On a first come, first served basis, each farm can anonymously dispose of up to 75 litres or kilograms of pesticides, herbicides or rodenticides that have been banned or are passed their expiry date, through STW expert disposal partner, Chemastic Register your details with Chemastic by calling 01287 213155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org You will need to provide your catchment name and code, product name, active ingredient and concentration, weight and volume of the product in containers, collection address, two contact phone numbers and an email address. After the registration period has closed, Chemastic will arrange a suitable collection date with you.
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out the government’s programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going and providing a route back to normality. The Plan also sets out how national restrictions will be lifted in England on Wednesday 2 December. Vaccines are at the centre of the government’s plan to ensure life can return to as normal as possible. The government has announced agreements with seven different vaccine developers, securing access to more than 350 million doses to be made available across the UK. Next month, the government will be ready for a UK-wide vaccination programme to begin, provided regulators approve the vaccines. Read the Winter Plan on this page.
CFE publish Net Zero Action guidance
As part of their ongoing commitment to support the farming industry towards net zero emissions and climate change mitigation, Championing the Farmed Environment has launched eight new guidance pages to help farmers and land managers start their net zero journey. They have also reviewed their Farm Carbon Calculator summaries, to help farmers choose the right tool for them, and published Aim-Action-Results pages. Visit this page to read more.
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Boosting flock performance in sheep
This has been a very good year for sheep farmers with prices well ahead of previous years. However with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, it is difficult to predict what the future might hold. Brian Hanthorn Beef and Sheep adviser from College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Dungannon, suggests that sheep farmers should focus on factors they can change which have the biggest influence on profitability within their own flock. Read his full article here.
What will leaving the EU mean for livestock markets?
The UK has left the EU and the transition arrangements end on 31 December 2020. The AHDB lead livestock analysis, Duncan Wyatt, believes that livestock farmers need to be mindful that moving animals off farm could be interrupted and they should have contingency plans in place, recognising their usual buyers or abattoirs might not be taking animals with the degree of regularity they are used to at the moment. To read Duncan’s full article please visit this page.
New grants for businesses forced to closed during November lockdown
The Government has announced the provision of Local Restrictions Support Grants to assist businesses that have been mandated to close from 5th November 2020 to manage the spread of coronavirus. For those businesses that are closed and have a current business rates account the amount of the funding is based on the property rateable value. Visit this page for full details of how to apply.
2019 report on the spread of bovine TB
The Animal and Plant Agency 2019 Epidemiology report relating to bovine TB was released in October 2020. The document showcases how the disease is spreading in cattle across the country as well as the main sources of infection. In Warwickshire in 2019 there were 64 incidents of bTB (page 37 of the report). Please click here to read the whole report.
Warwickshire NFU County Adviser meets WCC leader
Warwickshire NFU County Adviser George Bostock recently met with Warwickshire County Council lead Cllr Isobel Seccombe. High on the agenda was additional grant funding for agriculture in the county with the new shared prosperity fund being introduced in 2021. It was highlighted that Warwickshire remains a fundamentally green county with agriculture at the heart of the economy and was agreed that a scheme increasing farm productivity, diversification and benefitting the environment is important. The NFU has been invited to discuss the matter once further details are released by the government on when the funds will be made available for the local authority. Further items discussed included rural broadband, HS2, bTB, climate change ad fly tipping. Should you wish to hear more on this meeting please contact George Bostock.
Warwickshire Rural Crime Team newsletter for October 2020
Catch up on all the feedback from the Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Team during October 2020. Articles include an update on Operation Galileo (combating hare coursing) and livestock worrying. You can catch up on all news on the team’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to view the page.
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