Agriculture Busines Law

If you are someone who is into agriculture in the UK and though that you need not know anything about commercial and business law, then you are wrong. First of all, remember, agriculture in itself is a huge business these days. Then there is the case of sometimes buildings being constructed on farm lands. The agriculture produce is sold, which makes it a business. So, you see it is an intricately connected network. It is therefore in your best interests that you get to know at least the basics of the UK laws with respect to farms.

Additionally, it is also advisable that you get to know the rules prevalent in your particular city too. For example, the farm rules may be different in Birmingham from say Manchester.

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Get in touch with a solicitor

The best person whom you can get in touch with in order to help you understand the rules and laws better would be an experienced solicitor. There are scores of them available these days. However, make sure that you go to someone who specializes in agriculture. They will be able to explain to you the various things that you need to follow as a farm owner in your city. As someone who is into agriculture, it is also your duty to follow all the changes that may take place in the regulations or laws from time to time.

The first and foremost thing that your solicitor will tell you is that 'agriculture' according to UK laws does not mean only farm produce. Legally speaking it also includes livestock used for the production of fur, wool, food products, etc. Similarly, plant nurseries also come under this category.

Development Explained

One of the key things that you need to know as a farm land owner is in case you are planning any new development on the property, you will need to get permission from the planning authority. However, it is not required in case of some minor development. For example, if you are planning a small house extension, then you need not seek any permission. However, if it is a significant extension you will need to seek the help of solicitors and get all the paperwork done right, before you meet the planning authority.

Environment Related Rules

Sustainability being the buzzword these days in almost all spheres, it is not surprising that it is also applicable to rules and regulations pertaining to agriculture. Environmental permits are required by laws by farmers to carry out certain activities. For example, if you want to use organic solvents over certain limits, you will need the permit. Similarly, you will need environmental permit if you want to set up a poultry or a pig farm. Certain types of waste recovery methods will also need you to apply for an environmental permit.

Another area where rules and regulations are getting stricter by the day is pollution. Water pollution is something that is strictly monitored by the authorities these days and all farmers need to adhere to certain standards. Similarly, those farmers whose activities release air pollutants are also bound by law to get permission by certified authorities.