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Longer tenancies key to agricultural growth, says CAAV

Longer tenancies key to agricultural growth, says CAAV

Short-term conacre tenancies are holding back farm production and investment in Northern Ireland, but now there is an opportunity for the industry to restructure. Following the release of John Gilliland’s report on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management on 21 October, Northern Ireland’s agricultural valuers met to consider the full impact of its recommendations. Speaking at the […]

Joint FUW study suggests dramatic loss of agriculture and land use changes over past two centuries

Joint FUW study suggests dramatic loss of agriculture and land use changes over past two centuries

A ground-breaking study comparing Welsh land use in the 1840s with current practices suggests dramatic falls in agricultural and particularly arable land use, even in Wales’ most mountainous regions. “A summary of preliminary comparisons between Welsh land use in the 1840s and 2015 in Wales’ non-LFA, DA and SDA areas” summarises initial findings from a […]

DEFRA’s open by default creates opportunities for new types of agri-tech application

DEFRA’s open by default creates opportunities for new types of agri-tech application

3D visualisations of landscapes, real time data on water quality and levels, market data on stocks of cereals held on farms and usage of cereals by maltsters – these are just some of the diversity of data to be made available by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in June 2016 creating […]

Stay green; look after your on-farm environmental features

Stay green; look after your on-farm environmental features

Retaining core on-farm environmental features, such as buffer strips and field corners, established under agri-environmental schemes is absolutely essential for farming even after the schemes end, says the Campaign for the Farmed Environment. Any farmer or landowner who has recently reached the end of an ELS agreement or have agreements expiring in 2016 should take […]

Sharp increase in supply of farmland as demand growth stabilises

Sharp increase in supply of farmland as demand growth stabilises

An increase in the supply of commercial farmland* coupled with a tailing off in demand growth across many parts of the country, has resulted in a significant reduction in price growth expectations, according to the latest RICS/ RAU Rural Land Market Survey H1 2015. Meanwhile, demand from ‘lifestyle’ buyers continued to increase, and a net […]

Investment in farmland boosts values

Investment in farmland boosts values

The average value of investment farmland rose by 14% over the last 12 months and 228% over the last 10 years, according to Knight Frank’s new Farmland Investment Index. This was a markedly stronger performance than other major asset classes, including prime residential property in central London (+135%) and the FTSE 100 (+28%). The new […]

Average farmland values almost break the £8,000 an acre mark in 2014

Average farmland values almost break the £8,000 an acre mark in 2014

The farmland market in England continued to set a blistering pace throughout 2014 with the average price of bare agricultural land ending the year at a record-breaking £7,925/acre, according to the Knight Frank Farmland Index. Growth of 3% in the final three months of the year meant values rose by 15% overall during 2014. This […]

Farmland prices hit new heights

Farmland prices hit new heights

The average value of English farmland rose by almost 6.5% in the first three months of 2014 to £7,324/acre – the first time prices have broken the £7,000/acre barrier. Over the past 12 months values have increased on average by 16% and over the past 10 years by 212%. This compares with 133% for prime […]

Farmland outshining gold

Farmland outshining gold

The average price of English farmland rose by 11% to a record £6,882/acre in 2013, according to the latest results from the Knight Frank Farmland Index. During the same period, gold – an asset class farmland is often compared to – lost almost 30% of its value. Land almost kept pace with the 14% annual […]

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