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UK Agricultural Finance continues to lend

UK Agricultural Finance continues to lend

The first few months of the year have been a busy time, with increasing numbers of enquiries after the uncertainty around the election. Unlike other lenders, UKAF has kept writing loans during the lockdown, thanks to secure funding lines across its bridge and term products, supported by a rapid move to remote working. UKAF and […]

Trade association urges Chancellor to halt Fuel Duty increase on Red Diesel

Trade association urges Chancellor to halt Fuel Duty increase on Red Diesel

Liquid fuels trade association, UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reconsider the rumoured increase to fuel duty on red diesel in the forthcoming budget, as it will have a major impact on the construction and farming industries.  Red Diesel is used by the construction, farming and marine industries […]

Update on farm payment schemes

Update on farm payment schemes

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now paid almost 99% of eligible farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS 2020). The latest figures from the RPA show that BPS payments worth £1.76 billion were made to farmers by 29 February. This is an improved position on last year, with 1.4% more customers paid by the […]

AHDB Meat and Dairy to attend Gulfood in Dubai

Meat and dairy from the UK will be in the spotlight this month at one of the world’s biggest annual food and beverage trade shows held in Dubai. Thousands of visitors from around the world will get to sample a selection of cheese and lamb from the UK at the 24th edition of Gulfood – […]

QF Tractors Ltd fall foul of Trading Standards

Alan Farrow, a director of QF Tractors Ltd and Christine Farrow, a former director of the company, both of Canal Head, Pocklington appeared at the county court at Leeds on Wednesday, 3 October where they admitted nine allegations of contempt of court. The case was brought against the Farrows by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s […]

Pirtek celebrates 30 years in the UK

Pirtek celebrates 30 years in the UK

The nation’s leading emergency mobile hydraulic hose repair business celebrated 30 years of UK operations by holding its annual conference at the Trump Turnberry Resort on the stunning west coast of Scotland. The first Pirtek centre was established in London’s Park Royal in 1988 and the network grew rapidly over the following years, quickly becoming […]

New appointments for AHDB Arable Knowledge Exchange

New appointments for AHDB Arable Knowledge Exchange

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced four potato-focused appointments to join the newly formed Arable Knowledge Exchange team. Bringing together a wider range of expertise for the industry, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange have united to create a single Arable Team. Graham Bannister has been promoted to Senior […]

RPA continues to leave farmers in the dark over payments

Over 3,000 farmers and growers are still in the dark over 2017 BPS payments, as the NFU continues its call for improved communications and efficiency from the RPA. Analysis by the NFU of new RPA figures revealed that more than 3,000 farmers are left waiting for their BPS payment, despite over 95% of farmers in […]

Administrators appointed to Countrywide Farmers Plc

David Pike, Mark Orton and Will Wright from KPMG’s Restructuring practice have been appointed joint administrators to Countrywide Farmers Plc. The company, which employs approximately 735 people, is headquartered in Evesham, Worcestershire, and operates 48 retail stores across England and Wales selling a range of farming, equestrian, harvesting and agricultural supplies to consumers. It also […]

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