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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

If you intend to carry out an agricultural improvement project (e.g. ploughing, re-seeding, direct drilling or new drainage) on any semi-natural land, you will need a screening decision from the Welsh Government (WG) before you can proceed.

  • Semi-natural land is any area containing less than 25% of improved agricultural land (e.g. perennial Ryegrass and/or White clover)
  • Existing highly improved land (e.g. silage fields) will not require screening if it contains more than 25% of these species

You will need to submit a Screening Application form (click here) to your local WG Divisional Office before proceeding with your project. Responses  can take up to 35 days, so please plan ahead. There is no charge for applications, and decisions are valid for 3 years. Breaching the Regulations is illegal, and may lead to prosecution and penalties on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) or Rural Development Scheme payments.

Further information and guidance is available on the WG website or by contacting the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004 or EIA.unit@gov.wales

CARA staff will also be pleased to assist you with your application. Tel: 01570 471516


Making Tax Digital (MTD)

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) are now required to keep digital VAT business records and use MTD-compatible software to send returns for VAT periods that started on or after 01 April 2019. Businesses whose taxable turnover fall below the current VAT threshold can also sign up for MTD for VAT voluntarily.

CARA Ltd currently has capacity to take on new clients for VAT. Please contact Wendy Jenkins on 01570 471516 / 07929 164012 for further details.

Natural Resources Wales – Waste Exemption Certificates

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

If your business uses, treats , recovers, stores or disposes of waste you may need a environmental permit to allow certain activities involving waste to be carried out. Most farmers manage waste in some form, so will need to be registered. There are about 60 waste exemptions, with those most relevant to farmers being;

  • D1 depositing dredgings from streams and ditches on the banks
  • D7 burning untreated wood or vegetation at the farm
  • S1 storing waste in secure containers
  • S2 storing waste in a secure place
  • S3 storing sewage sludge prior to spreading
  • T1 cleaning agricultural plastics and containers
  • T6 chipping wood and plant tissue
  • T23 composting vegetation waste
  • T24 anaerobic digestion of manure and slurry
  • U1 using clean builders rubble in the foundations of a new barn or shed, tracks or roads
  • U8 using waste tyres on a silage clamp or waste wood shavings as animal bedding
  • U10 spreading waste to agricultural land to provide benefit

Each registration lasts 3 years, and will then expire unless you re-register the exemptions you want to continue to use. To register/re-register online, please visit the NRW website by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call the Customer Care Centre on  0300 065 3000 who will advise you on how to register.

A number of registrations are due to expire in the Autumn of 2019 – you can check your expiry date by accessing the Public Register on the NRW website (click on public register), and entering the relevant search parameters.

If you require further assistance or advice with your registration, please contact the CARA office on  01570 471516.

CARA supporting local charities

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

During the lead up to Christmas 2018, CARA staff wore their festive jumpers to work, and at the same time donated money towards a good cause. As a result, £100 was raised and presented to Tir Dewi -a local charity comprising a team of volunteers who work to answer the needs and issues faced by farmers in the community.

For further information on Tir Dewi, please visit their website, telephone 0800 121 4722 or email info@tirdewi.co.uk

Letter from Tir Dewi

Glastir Small Grants 6th Window

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 6th window (Landscape & Pollinators theme) opened on  1st April 2019 and will close at midnight on 10th May 2019. As in previous windows, an existing Glastir contract is NOT NECESSARY  to be eligible.

Glastir Small Grants is a standalone scheme providing a maximum of £7,500 funding per theme for Capital Works Projects. Further details, including scheme rules are available on the Welsh Government website.

If you require further assistance with your application via your RPW on-line account, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516.

Sustainable Production Grant – Window 5

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Expressions of Interest for the 5th Window of the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) will open on 4 March 2019 and close at midnight on 12 April 2019.

The grant provides a maximum 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified to support farmers to address nutrient management and safeguarding and improving water, soil and air quality by reducing pollution.

The maximum grant award is £50,000 and the minimum is £12,000. Applications are to be made via your Rural Payments Wales (RPW) on-line account. A general rules booklet and full list of eligible capital items are available on the Welsh Government website. Eligibility for the SPG requires a partner in the business to attend a ‘Sustainable Farming Roadshow’ organised by Farming Connect. Please click here for a list of dates and venues throughout Wales. Booking is mandatory – please call 08456 000 813 to book a place at one of these events.

Farm Business Grant – 6th Window

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Expressions of Interest for the 6th Window of the Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open on 4 March 2019 and close at midnight on 12 April 2019. It will provide farmers in Wales with a 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to farm enterprises. The minimum grant available is £3,000 and the maximum is £12,000. 

Applications are to be made via your Rural Payments Wales on-line account. A full list of eligible items linked to animal health, genetics and performance; crop management; energy efficiency; resource efficiency and ICT are available on the Welsh Government website. The key requirements is that the farm must have registered with Farming Connect before submitting an application, and that a partner/director in the farming business must attend a Farming for the Future Roadshow organised by Farming Connect, as listed on the FC website.

The dates for this round of Roadshows are as follows:-

 05/03/19 – William Aston Hall, Prifysgol Glyndwr Wrecsam University

06/03/19 – Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown

07/03/19 – Llanina Arms, Llanarth

12/03/19 – Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda  

13/03/19 – St Mary’s Golf Club, Bridgend    

14/03/19 – Castle Hotel, Llandovery

It is a mandatory requirement that you attend one of these events in order to express an interest in the scheme If you would like further assistance with your application, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516.


CARA Autumn Seminar 2018

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The theme for this year’s annual CARA Autumn Seminar held at Llety Cynin, St.Clears was ‘Benchmark, Brexit & a Brave New World!’ It was well attended by representatives from Banks, Accountants, Law Firms, Land Agents and associated businesses.

The BPS Loan

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

The Welsh Government have announced a new loan facility to help farmers who may not receive their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payment when the payment window opens on 1 December 2018.

The loan value will be a maximum of 70% of your estimated 2018 BPS payment and is an opt in scheme which means that you need to apply for a loan via your RPW online account by 30 November 2018.

Please click here for further details. If you require assistance with your application, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516.

BPS 2018 Payments Exchange Rate

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The Euro exchange rate has been set for calculating 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments.

BPS payments for Wales are set in Euros and then converted into sterling and the rate, an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set in September will be:-

€1 = 0.89281

For reference, the rates during the last 3 years have been:-

2017  €1 = 0.89470

2016 €1 = 0.85228

2015 €1 = 0.73129