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NFU initiative offers a helping hand to tenants.

Byline: Karen Dent

Afarmers, which has been up by the NFU, will launched in the region The NFU Tenants' Service incudes dedicated hotline number and new Rural Surveyors Panel and has been put together as farmers gear up for next round of rent reviews.

The launch, at Blackmore's Hotel Alnwick, Northumberland, at 7pm is open to all NFU tenant members.

The event will include presentations from NFU rural surveyor, Louise Staples, and Louis Fell, a partner George F White. The firm is one of North East companies chosen by NFU to provide specialist tenants' through the Rural Surveyors Panel.

New regional tenants' spokesman Jonathan Fairburn, who was appointed to the role earlier this year, will speak to the meeting. He is looking other tenant farmers in the region act as spokesmen on the issue.

Ms Staples will outline the new including the First Advice legal service, which can provide up to pounds towards the cost of professional advice ahead of a rent review to assess how much rent an individual farm support.

Mr Fell will speak about preparing for the review itself and look at some specific issues likely to be included the latest reviews, including the of last winter's heavy snowfall and the damage it caused to farm buildings.

Barney Kay said: "Considerable are being put into our new tenants' service and all the feedback "This is a great opportunity for members to familiarise themselves what is now on offer to ensure gain real benefit from their NFU membership." Meanwhile, the Campaign for farm landlords to support tenant farmers interested in taking part in campaign.

The initiative, set up by the industry to voluntarily replicate the environmental benefits of set-aside without the need for regulation, spoke out the NFU starts to give greater attention to the tenanted sector.

A Defra survey earlier this year suggested many tenant farmers felt to support the CFE because restrictions placed upon them by their the Tenancy Reform Industry Group, said: "Tenants need to explain effectively what the Campaign is and how can benefit the landlord by supporting it.

"Landlords should refer to Defra's Code of good practice for agri-environment schemes and diversification projects within agricultural tenancies," he said.

More information on how you support the campaign can be found the CFE's website.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2011
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