Hugh Townsend has for over 25 years been the country's "go-to" commentator on farm quotas and rural surveying issues affecting farmers. Having become the country's leading and most innovative quota agent he was broadcast to 3.8 million listeners on Radio 4's PM programme interviewed by Eddie Mayer on the 1st April 2015 – the Dawning of Europe without Milk Quotas, click here. More recently BBC1 interviewed Hugh Townsend on the future of farming following the Referendum, click here.
Hugh Townsend has over the years developed the most creative arrangements to promote an efficient market in farm quotas, in the early eighties developing leasing milk quota without land before the Milk Marketing Board introduced leasing for a part of the milk year.
He represented clients in leading legal cases defending transfers of milk quota and developed the new system of second TQ1 forms protecting the transfer of quotas with land.
In 1991, with Farmers Weekly he produced the first sale price index countrywide and started to publish farm quota sales and leasing graphs which are still published by Farmers Weekly and other publications and can be seen on our Milk Quota & Entitlements pages.
On BBC television he has defended dairy farmers who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals in the farm quota market and was again on television to comment on the "footballers buy milk quota" rumpus.
He regularly writes for Farmers Guardian and the South West's Western Morning News and our experienced team is sought after for their comments on farm quotas.
Farmers looking to combine environmental benefits with a guaranteed long-term income stream should consider carbon credits. By planting trees, restoring peatland or adapting soil management plans, landowners can help both remove and reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Buyers – generally either the government or large companies looking to offset…Read More
On Wednesday 16th December the Welsh Government announced a white paper for the Agriculture (Wales) Bill. The Bill is expected to be published in 2022 with the legislative framework coming into effect from 2023. This Bill will govern future support for Welsh agriculture, provide regulatory reform, encourage forestry and woodland creation and improve animal health…Read More
Much has been made of the upcoming reductions to agricultural subsidies. BPS is to fall by 25% for the largest claimants next year, with further reductions to follow. The popular RDPE Growth Fund and Countryside Productivity Scheme have now closed for new applicants and very little is currently known about the Farming Investment Fund set to…Read More
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1.12.20 – English Government launches the path to sustainable farming: an agricultural transition plan 2021 to 2024
On the 30th November 2020, following the Agriculture Act 2020 receiving Royal Assent on 11th November, DEFRA published two new documents setting out their intentions for the future of agricultural grants and subsidies in England during the agricultural transition. The publications detail these changes over a relatively long timescale, up until 2024, so we cannot…Read More
As the 5G rollout continues to intensify, so too will the numbers of farmers and landowners with telecommunications masts on their holdings. This means that the laws governing leases for this kind of equipment will only become more important. Like agricultural tenancies, telecoms leases are governed by their own specific legislation. This is known as…Read More
1ST PRIZE – FREE PLANNING ADVICE FOR A FARM BUILDING CLASS Q APPLICATION – 21ST DECEMBER To celebrate Christmas and the New Year Townsend Chartered Surveyors is offering a prize for anyone with a farm building they would like to convert for residential use. If you win this draw, we will assist you in preparing…Read More
To download/view click here 1 Decided to plant? First select the site. This is an important decision, as the land chosen affects the tree species that can be planted, how quickly they will grow, how expensive they will be to harvest and whether you will need to protect them from livestock, deer or squirrels, all…Read More