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Wilson Wraight Spring Webinar

Are you making the most out of your resources?   With the introduction of the Environmental Land Management Scheme, alongside the additional services that we can now offer at Wilson Wraight we held our first ever webinar to showcase how you could be ‘sweating your assets’. We are always challenging ourselves and our clients on […]

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Oxford to Cambridge Expressway Project Cancelled

Construction of the Oxford to Cambridge expressway has been cancelled as analysis shows the benefits the road would deliver are outweighed by its costs.   Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on 18 March 2021 the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge (Ox-Cam) expressway, after analysis confirmed the proposed project was not cost-effective. Highways England had been developing potential […]

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The Plan for the Agricultural Transition

The future of agricultural subsides after the UK has left the European Union has been debated extensively following the Referendum. On November 30th 2020, George Eustice, Minister for Defra, announced the Agricultural Transition Plan to outline the post-Brexit agriculture policy for England. The Environmental Land Management (E.L.M.) scheme will provide the core of post-Brexit agricultural […]

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Wilson Wraight 2020 Round Up

As Wilson Wraight celebrated 30 years in what has been a turbulent year, we reflect on the past 12 months where our team has successfully continued to support clients whilst working from home, embracing technology and virtual communications.   The Team   2020 saw us say a sad goodbye to Rachel Croker, who is embarking […]

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Reduction to Direct Payments from 2021

The government has now announced its transition plan for the phasing out of direct payments and existing Agri-Environment schemes. Commencing from January 2021, the planned transition will start to take place, targeting a reduction to zero by 2028.   Between 2021 and 2027 farmers will see their direct payments progressively fall but will have the […]

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Future Grant Schemes

The new grant schemes offered by the Rural Payments Agency are proposed to be one of the main substitutes for Direct Payments.  The key details and types of grants to consider are summarised below into four categories: Farming Investment Fund From Autumn 2021, applications can be made for funding associated with equipment, technology, and infrastructure […]

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Agriculture – Transitional Timescales

At the beginning of the week, DEFRA published their “Agricultural Transition Plan for 2021-2024” which detailed the plans for cutting ties with Europe’s ‘Common Agricultural Policy’ over the next several years. Dates and deadlines have been set for different elements of the plan, but DEFRA have made it very clear that this will be a […]

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Environmental Land Management

With the gradual phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme comes the new form of support payments called the Environmental Land Management Scheme or ELM for short. This latest DEFRA publication has brought slightly more certainty to how these payments can be achieved however it is clear that the finer details of this scheme is […]

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Ross McGowan joins Wilson Wraight

Ross McGowan joins the team as our newly appointed consultant. Ross graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc (Honours) in Agricultural Business Management in 2019. Prior to joining the team Ross worked on a large-scale farm in Zimbabwe before returning home to continue managing some of the family farm’s diversified enterprises.   Partner, […]

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Sugar Beet 2021

British Sugar and the NFU have released details of the 2021 sugar beet contract.   The headline details: Prices 1 year £20.30 per adj. tonne 3 year £21.18 per adj. tonne Futures-linked variable price contract No Crown Tare deduction New sugar payment scale New Virus Yellow crop assurance scheme Change to late delivery bonus   […]

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