Our blog on the latest rural and agricultural issues.
A nation of shopkeepers
June 2, 2020
In these uncertain times, it is a strength to have those small shops along our streets providing us with local produce, ethically produced and within touching distance of our own homes.
The future of British agriculture
May 27, 2020
There is a lot to learn about adopting what is on offer and incorporating it into your business could help sustain it for the future or give it the kick start it needs.
The future of farming
April 2, 2020
Farming can, and is, providing a good news story, if only it could break through the noise and make itself heard. Other than the initial days of the pandemic, when panic buying was rife, farmers and other food producers were all stating that there was plenty in the food chain for all.
The tax viewpoint on the Woodland Carbon Guarantee
February 27, 2020
The Government have recently introduced a Woodland Carbon Guarantee, aiming to increase planting and providing long-term income from woodland areas.
Re-investing the proceeds of sale
February 17, 2020
Major disposals are a good time to seriously consider the future, including the business plan for future farming operations or diversification.
Commerciality and preparing for an uncertain future
January 24, 2020
Farm businesses are continually having to review how they operate, and the annual profit figure is now one of the most important figures on a farmer’s mind.
Planning for 2020
January 6, 2020
The exceptionally wet Autumn will focus many farmers on the benefits of direct drilling, and those heading to #LAMMA20 at the NEC, Birmingham, will be able to see the variety of new high-tech machinery available.
2020: a year of resistance and opportunities for the rural & agricultural community
December 20, 2019
This year farming businesses have needed to be inward-looking, to ensure they are set up as efficiently as possible to withstand the uncertainties. We are hoping that 2020 will bring with it opportunities to plan productively, harnessing technology to make informed financial decisions and drive our businesses forward.
Win for the tax payer – full cost of silo tax deductible as plant & machinery
March 25, 2019
A farming partnership has won an appeal against HMRC that the full cost of constructing a silo should be tax deductible as plant and machinery and not just limited to 20% of the cost, as previously allowed by HMRC.
Man v machine: is mechanisation the solution to reducing labour costs?
February 25, 2019
5 April 2019 will see the next increase in salary costs for all businesses, including farmers, with the rates for work-based pension contributions, National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) all increasing.