21 January 2022
Free farm audits offered
RURAL chartered surveyor Madeleys is offering a free farm audit to anyone interested following a road map for the future of farming announced by Environment Secretary George Eustice at the virtual Oxford Farming Conference.
The firm also plans to launch the first part of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) which is the Sustainable Farming Incentive which many farmers will be able to apply for on top of their existing agreements, and will be holding information evenings every other month from next month at its Much Wenlock offices to update clients on developments in the rural economy, with presentations by guest speakers such as Tilhill Forestry.
Additionally, the Sustainable Farming Incentive is due to start shortly and will provide an additional income stream – aiding transition for growers away from the Basic Payment Scheme.
In order to qualify, growers will need to test soil organic matter, undertake a soil assessment and produce a Soil Management Plan.
Paul Madeley, of Madeley Chartered Surveyors, said: “2021 was a very busy year for us as a business and we have some great plans for the months ahead with the aim of helping our clients in what is an ever-challenging market. Many agri environment schemes came to an end under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and the first Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier. It meant that the 2022 application window was again extremely busy."