Land Law Finance - Issue 09 - Summer 2018

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Farm incomes up 40 per cent in 2017 4
Farm productivity improves, according to new DEFRA figures 10
Agriculture sector loses out on £820 million a year due to productivity gap 14
'Brazen Criminals': rural crime cost UK £44.5m in 2017 18
Rural payments agency opens six drop-in centres to aid BPS 2018 20
'Hold on to your BPR' - farmers warned of pitfalls that could threaten eligibility 22
Talks ongoing to avoid irrigation abstraction fee hike 24
Legislation on mandatory cctv in abattoirs comes into force 28
Laws now in place for farmers in England to protect water quality 30
Landowners and contractors urged to have suitable agreements to avoid disputes 32
£38m to ease cash flow worries faced by Scottish beef farmers 34
NFU secures 'crucial victories' for farmers affected by HS2 36
50 MPs call on Government to act on rural connectivity 38
Farmers' will overturned as cohabiting partner of 42 years wins share of £1.5m farm 42
Polic stickers to help stamp out tractor theft 46
Additional £400,000 announced for Northern Irish farm business scheme 48
Lincolnshire farmer gains 14 acres of land due to natural process of accretion 50
Slow start to the year for English farmland market but prices steady 52
Extension of Countryside Stewardship Payment claim deadline 54
Dairy co-op Dale Farm signals interest in LacPatrick merger 56
Review into £160m worth of farm subsidies owed to Scotland delayed 58
Royal Welsh Agricultural Society donates £22,750 60
Farming incomes rise by 41 percent to £5,742m, 2017 estimates show 62
Man ordered to pay £5,000 for burying 5,335 tonnes of illegal waste on-farm 66