National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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01 May 2019

YFC members are being invited to share their views about plans to modernise and update agricultural tenancy legislation at a dedicated NFYFC event with Defra representatives.

The event, on 11 June at Staffordshire County Showground, seeks to gather feedback from new entrants and next generation farmers which will feed into NFYFC's response to Defra's public consultation and call for evidence.

Defra's proposals aim to remove existing barriers to productivity improvements and help bring about structural change, improving the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the tenant farming sector. The plans build on the work of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) - NFYFC is represented on this industry group - which has provided advice on the key policy priorities for the tenanted sector as the UK leaves the EU.  TRIG Chairman and former NFYFC Chairman Julian Sayers will join Defra representatives at the event to help gain feedback from young farmers.

AGRI Chairman and tenant farmer David Goodwin urges YFC members to attend the event organised by NFYFC on 11 June at Staffordshire FYFC’s county office.

“We have a small window of time to ensure that we feedback our thoughts on Defra’s proposals for tenancy reform.  As we’ve been active in working with industry and government to represent the next generation during this time of policy change, we hope to see as many YFC members as possible at the Staffordshire YFC office in June."

The options that are being explored include:

  • Enabling tenants of Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) agreements to hand over their lease to new tenant farmers on their retirement, encouraging earlier succession planning.
  • Incentivising more landlords to let new Farm Business Tenancies of 10 years or more, giving tenants greater security to invest and grow a sustainable businesses.
  • Removing barriers which may currently dis-incentivise landlords and tenants from investing and making improvements to their AHA rented holdings. For example, there is currently the risk that agreed tenant interest payments made on investments can be lost during the rent review process.

As the existing legislation on agricultural tenancy applies to England and Wales, two consultations will run for 12 weeks in both countries.

If you would like to attend the NFYFC AGRI event on Tuesday 11 June at Staffordshire FYFC County Office, Staffordshire County Showground, 6.30- 8.30 pm, please visit the NFYFC Facebook event page.


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