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.


6.7.2021 – SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE 2022 – UPDATE

SFI 2022 open to those in existing Countryside Stewardship. Environmental goods produced under an SFI can be sold in the open market. DEFRA have confirmed that those providing public benefits under an SFI will be able to sell their environmental goods to both government sources and on the open market where companies look to offset…

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1.7.2021 SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE: 2022 EARLY ROLLOUT

Available Spring 2022. Open to all farmers eligible for BPS. Two standards to choose from: Arable and Horticultural Soils Standard and Improved Grassland Soils Standard (payments of between £26 and £70 per hectare (estimated) and Moorland and Rough Grazing Standard (Payment rate to be confirmed). Annual Health and Welfare Review. Funds a yearly vet visit (£269-£775). More…

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2.6.2021 – Western Morning News – Now’s the time to plant trees as Government boosts incentives

The Forestry Commission have recently announced a range of new grants aimed at encouraging Woodland Creation. English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) This scheme is set to replace the Woodland Carbon Fund (WCF), which was closed to new applicants on the 31st March this year. Both schemes fund the capital cost of planting new woodlands, plus…

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30.6.2021 – THE SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE

The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, long-awaited successor to the Basic Payment Scheme will at first take the form of three new schemes. These are the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery. Of these, the SFI is intended to be the most applicable to the majority of farmers. The Sustainable Farming…

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26.5.2021 – Western Morning News – Devil in the detail as plans for retirement payments unveiled

On the 19th May the Government gave more detail of what we have been calling the “exit support scheme”. This will provide a lump sum payment to farmers meeting a set of criteria which the Government considers to constitute retirement from farming. Details of “delinked” payments after 2024 have also been given. This information is…

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25.05.2021 – DELINKAGE, BPS RETIREMENT LUMP SUM AND NEW & YOUNG FARMERS

On the 19th May the Government gave more detail of what we have been calling the “exit support scheme”. This will provide a lump sum payment to farmers meeting a set of criteria which the Government considers to constitute retirement from farming. Details of “delinked” payments after 2024 have also been given. This information is…

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19.05.2021 – GOVERNMENT BOOSTS SUPPORT FOR WOODLAND PLANTING AND CARBON TRADING

The Forestry Commission have recently announced a range of new grants aimed at encouraging Woodland Creation. English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) This scheme is set to replace the Woodland Carbon Fund (WCF), which was closed to new applicants on the 31st March this year. Both schemes fund the capital cost of planting new woodlands, plus…

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31.03.2021 – Western Morning News – Increasing interest in CS scheme as BPS subsides

The UK’s departure from the EU has led to a variety of changes to the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme. This has brought both limitations and new opportunities, which are important to new applicants and existing agreement holders alike. New Capital Items As part of a drive to improve air quality, two new capital items have been added to the Scheme as…

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26.03.2021 – Farm Facts 2021

Our 12th edition of Farm Facts is out now – a handy pocket reference for farmers, solicitors, accountants, farm agents and all types of agricultural adviser. “I’ve been in receipt of Farm Facts for a number of years now and find it excellent.” “Its amazing what you have packed into such a useful guide.” “I…

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24-03-2021 – Western Morning News – New and Young Farmer Entitlements – The Time Could Be Now

The RPA have recently confirmed that they are consulting on whether this will be the final year for national reserve entitlement allocations. This may then be many farmers’ last chance to gain an asset of some value for relatively little expense. When a farmer or landowner meets certain criteria, they can claim free BPS entitlements from the…

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