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RICS Rural Conferences for the North

RICS are holding rural conferences on 3rd October at the Hexham Auction Mart and in Preston on 15th November at the Preston Marriot Hotel. Both conferences return with a refreshed agenda to equip participants with the right knowledge to leverage current opportunities for growth and resilience. The agenda includes the launch of the latest RICS Research paper on New Money in Rural Areas. Further sessions will look at the value of natural capital and the need to stay abreast of the latest developments in the ecosystem services arena. Participants will hear directly from leading authors of upcoming RICS guidance notes and have the opportunity to network with colleages across the region. To see the full programme and to book your place visit www.rics.org/northrural or www.rics.org/northwestrural


How can the UK Industrial Strategy support rural enterprise?
It is vital for the UK economy that the Governments new Industrial Strategy encourages growth in all sectors but research has shown that rural areas often risk being overlooked. Professor Jeremy Phillipson from Newcastle Universitys Centre for Rural Economy said In England alone rural areas contribute over a million enterprises, 3.5 million employees and 250 billion GVA, matching the output from the countrys ten leading cities outside London. But they could bring even more value to the UK in future and its important that the Industrial Strategy is implemented in a way that makes the most of this diverse sector. CRE Policy and Practice Note Rural Economies and the UK Industrial Strategy provides some pointers for policy.


Relu Newsletter - July 2018

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme July 2018 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications


Do we need a new contract with landowners to provide public goods?
After Brexit, as the UK is no longer bound by the Common Agricultural Policy, what could be done to ensure the provision of public goods such as clean water, carbon storage, biodiversity and access to valued landscapes? In a new report The Land Management Contract: Design and Delivery in England the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) sets out proposals for how such a contract might be designed and implemented to deliver public goods and services that are valued by society, but are not adequately provided through the market.


Latest publications from The Farm Business Survey now available to buy

Three new publications are now available from the Farm Business Survey. A benchmarking guide to farming in Northern England analyses the profitability of farms across Northern England. The guide looks at the economic health of all farm types in Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham and Tyne and Wear over the period 2016/2017. Two national publications give an independent analysis of specific farm types in England during 2016/17. Hill Farming in England by David Harvey and Charles Scott provides an insight into how these iconic but economically vulnerable areas are faring and highlights their current dependence on agricultural subsidies. Organic Farming in England looks at a niche sector which is down from a peak of 391,76 ha in 2010 to 281,769 ha in 2016. In spite of a slight increase in conversion to organic production across the UK in 2016, the overall area of land under this system continues to fall. All of these publications are available to buy via the Newcastle University Webstore.

Production diseases and animal welfare

With intensive animal production on the rise, farmers have to be increasingly alert to problems created by so-called production diseases. These have implications for both profits and animal welfare. But how aware are consumers of these diseases and what interventions would they like to see in the food chain? Relu policy and practice note no 5 Production diseases and farm animal welfare: what does the public think? outlines the issues and looks at actions stakeholders could take.


Farm advisers could play a key role in implementing 25 Year Environment Plan

Farm advisers have specialist skills and local knowledge they can apply in their work with farmers and land managers and this will be more important than ever after Brexit. The 25 Year Environment Plan and new food and farming policy will have the potential to change significantly the way land is managed in the UK. CREs latest Relu policy and practice note on the role of farm advisers in post Brexit land management draws out some of the implications for key land-based advisory professions.
















"The more knowledge you share, the more you will benefit in return"

Mike Butcher, Agronomist and Landbridge member