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Farm business survey reports latest trends
The Farm Business Income of arable farms fell to its lowest level in ten years, at 172GBP per hectare for Cereals farms and 248GBP per hectare for General Cropping farms according to a new report from the Farm Business Survey. At the same time profitability of specialist poultry farm businesses reduced by 16% in the 2015/16 financial year, with average profit as measured by Farm Business Income (FBI) falling on a per business basis from 126,839GBP in 2014/15, to 106,670GBP in 2015/16. Full details are available on the Farm Business Survey website in the reports Crop Production in England 2015/2016 and Poultry Production in England 2015/16. Reports from across the industry are available on the website.


Expert welcomes new funding announcement for peatlands
UK peatlands are wild, often remote places and many do not look as attractive as they might, admits Professor Mark Reed in his latest blog for Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability. All too often peat bogs have suffered extensive damage, either through extraction of material for gardening products or attempts to drain the land for agricultural purposes. But these are important places, providing not only iconic and beautiful habitats for other species, but also vital resources for our own survival. This is why he welcomes the announcement of additional funding for their restoration.

RICS Rural Mid-Session Conference for Scotland-book now
Following the results of the EU referendum last year and upcoming policy changes in Scotland, what could be the likely implications for the rural sector? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead and how can we ensure the continued prosperity of the Scotlands rural economy? While it will be months before we know the full Brexit ramifications, the Rural Mid-Session Conference will provide a platform to discuss challenges the sector is facing and what contributions your profession can make to the rural economy. This event will take place from 9.30-16.40 hrs on Thursday 18 May 2017 at SNH Battleby, Perth, Scotland and includes:
-A keynote address led by Andrew Thin will provide an outline of the key priorities of the Scottish Land Commission and the progress on land reform, while reviewing policy and legislation
-The Scottish Assessors Association will cover the re-introduction of shootings while outlining their current activities and information required from assessors before carrying out an estate evaluation
-Unlocking Scotland's potential to drive growth: How can the Planning Bill deliver more? John McNairney, Chief Planner from The Scottish Government explores further
To view the full programme and to register your place today, visit http://bit.ly/2oNak0g


Relu Newsletter - April 2017

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme April 2017 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.











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