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    VICKERS & BARRASS


    We operate independently from offices at Tow Law and within Darlington Farmers Auction Mart on sale days.


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    Vickers and Barrass is a firm of Rural Chartered Surveyors offering a professional land agency service throughout the North East of England.

     

    The business was established by Harry Vickers in 1973 and in September 2012 it was acquired by Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited to expand their range of services. TH Vickers Limited trading as Vickers and Barrass is now fronted and managed by Adam Barrass BSC (Honours in REALM, MRICS, FAAV) and Harry Vickers (BSC FRICS) who continues to work as a consultant.

     
     

    LATEST NEWS

    SPS 2014 – RPA creates new record on first day payments

    The Rural Payments Agency achieves best-ever performance on first day of payment window

    2014 Single Payment Scheme payments have now commenced with the effect from 1st December 2014 and payment statements will be available 10 days from the date of remittance.

    If you have any queries with your 2014 Single Payment please do not hesitate to contact Vickers and Barrass.


    New 2015 cross compliance guidance available online now

    Rural Payments Agency urges farmers to get up to speed with the new rules or risk losing money.

    The guide to Cross Compliance in England 2015

    Cross Compliance in England: Soil Protection Standards 2015


    CAP Reform: Introducing the New Countryside Stewardship

    Countryside Stewardship will be open to all eligible farmers, land managers, land owners and tenants. It will replace:
    • Environmental Stewardship (ES)
    • the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
    • capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme

    This new leaflet introduces Countryside Stewardship, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) environmental land management scheme. It gives an overview of how Countryside Stewardship works, including important information about:
    •the 3 main elements (Higher Tier, Mid Tier and a range of capital grants)
    •when agreements and payments will start
    •what funding will be available in 2015

    Alongside this, DEFRA have published the proposed payment rates for Countryside Stewardship. These are the payment rates for both land management options and capital items.

    Further information can be seen by clicking on the Link below

    Introducing Countryside Stewardship

    Countryside Stewardship Proposed payment rates


    Implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regulations in England

    They are developing the arrangements to implement the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regulations. The new schemes will start in 2015.

    There will be changes to the schemes under which CAP money is paid, but many things will stay the same. There will still be 2 ‘pillars’. Pillar 1 provides direct payments to farmers. Pillar 2 promotes rural development.


    DEFRA ANNOUNCE THIRD COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY UPDATE

    DEFRA has published the third of its CAP update leaflets (28 October 2014) and includes further information:-
    •National Reserve
    •Active Farmer
    •Young Farmer payment
    •Greening Details
    •CAP Information Service (CAPIS)
    •The Rural Development Programme
    •Solar Panels on land parcel eligibility
    The details of the key points along with other information contained in the third leaflet can accessed by clicking on the link below:-

    The new Common Agricultural Policy schemes in England: October 2014 update

    A further list detailing what counts as 'crop' for the crop diversification rules has also been published which is available from the link below:-

    Greening Crop diversification


    DEFRA ANNOUNCE FURTHER GREENING RULES AND CAP REFORM DETAIL

    DEFRA has published a further CAP Leaflet (14 August 2014) giving more detail on the greening requirements in England, this can can be accessed by clicking on greening requirements link below. In addition to this DEFRA has also published further updated guidance on the CAP reform and the implementation of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which can be accessed by clicking on the link BPS Update link below.

    Greening Requirements Link

    BPS Update Link


    DEFRA ANNOUNCE CAP REFORM FURTHER DETAILS

    The Secretary of State has today (10 June 2014) announced the environmental actions that farmers have to make to receive the greening part of their CAP payment. This includes details of how existing ES agreements will be affected by greening and double funding and builds on the Defra greening leaflet which was published on 9 June 2014.
    The announcement also provided details on the plans for the next Rural Development Programme being submitted to the European Commission, including proposals for the new environmental land management scheme.
    A summary of the information is now available on http://www.gov.uk/cap-reform.


    BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME

    ON - LINE Registration- Are you ready to register for BPS?

    This will replace Single Farm Payment and no paper applications will be available.

    • Greening and Dual Use - Will you comply in January 2015?

    For Help and Advice Please Call into the Darlington Office or Contact Pat Cotterill Tel: 01388730095 Email:pcotterill@vickersandbarrass.co.uk


    RPA changes telephone number from 0845 prefix to 0345

    The RPA has changed its telephone number prefix from 0845 to 0345 in a move away from higher rate telephone numbers. The new number for the RPA CSC is 0345 603 7777. The 0845 and 0345 numbers will run concurrently until 1st October 2014. After 1st October, only the 0345 numbers will be available. Further information is available on the RPA page on GOV.UK


    SHOW SEASON 2014

    Vickers & Barrass welcomed existing and new clients to the stand at Northumberland County Show to enjoy our hospitality. This hospitality is extended to Wolsingham Show on the 6th September 2014 where we will be in attendance to discuss any query you may have.


    SINGLE PAYMENT SCHEME 2014

    Single Payment Scheme application forms are due to be submitted to the Rural Payments Agency by the 15th May 2014, and submissions after this date may result in penalties. If you require any assistance with your 2014 application please contact the office.


    WOODLAND TRUST OFFER FUNDING FOR HEDGEROW PLANTING

    The Woodland Trust is offering funding for landowners who wish to plant new hedgerows on their land through a “Trees in Hedgerows Scheme”
    To qualify for the new scheme the hedge must link with areas of existing woodland and you will need to plant at least 100m of new hedge (up to a maximum of 750m per applicant). The Woodland Trust is offering a subsidy of 60% against the total cost of the planting and guards (no funding will be available to fund fencing or contractors). The Trust can only fund more than 250m of hedgerow in conjunction with additional woodland creation.
    The density and composition for the project is standardised and applications are now been considered. For any further information email pcotterill@vickersandbarrass.co.uk or telephone our Tow Law office on 01388 730095


    SHEEP & GOAT INVENTORY 2013

    During December Defra will have contacted you regarding the annual Sheep & Goat Inventory. The number of sheep and goats on your holding on 1 December 2013 must be recorded. Tups must be included in this total.
    This must be completed and submitted to Defra by the end of December. Guidance states “It is an offence under law not to submit your Annual Inventory. Failure to submit your inventory will increase your chance of cross compliance inspection in future years”. There will be no reminders sent to you and Vickers and Barrass strongly recommend you complete this form. We will be happy to assist if any further information is required.

    During December Defra will have contacted you regarding the annual Sheep & Goat Inventory. The number of sheep and goats on your holding on 1 December 2013 must be recorded. Tups must be included in this total.
    This must be completed and submitted to Defra by the end of December. Guidance states “It is an offence under law not to submit your Annual Inventory. Failure to submit your inventory will increase your chance of cross compliance inspection in future years”. There will be no reminders sent to you and Vickers and Barrass strongly recommend you complete this form. We will be happy to assist if any further information is required.


    SOIL PROTECTION REVIEW 2013

    The Soil Protection Books must be updated by 31 December 2013. Please ensure all books/maps are updated from 1 January – 31 December 2013. If you have purchased land during 2013 it is important that this land is added to your records. The Rural Payments Agency is now carrying out visits solely to inspect Soil Protection Books. Vickers and Barrass would urge all clients to update their books. Failure to produce an updated book at inspection may result in a 5% deduction from all subsidies claimed. Please call at our office in Tow Law or our office at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart (Monday & Thursday). Alternatively you can email info@vickersandbarrass.co.uk if you require any advice regarding the Soil Protection Book.


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