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Key Dates for Compliance from the Farming Advice Service

Please take a moment to look at the following information from the Farming Advice Service which provides a useful timetable of what is required and when:

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Short Film on Organisations which are helping Farmers’ Mental Health

The Somerset Mental Health in Agriculture Group (SMHAG), together with the Farming Community Network (FCN) have launched a new short film highlighting the vital role of support organisations and charities in helping farmers during challenging times and supporting mental health and wellbeing.  If you can spare a few minutes to watch it, we are sure you will find this very useful.

 

Click here to access the film.

Free Mental Health Course for People within or going into the Farming Industry

Please find attached details of a free Mental Health Course which is going to run via Zoom which may be of interest to you.  If you want to sign up, please click here to contact Nikki direct.

 

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Sustainable Farming Incentive Opens for Expressions of interest 15th March 2021

 

 

George Eustice issued a press release launching the pilot. See press release attached with link to the full scheme details. Key points:

Ø They are seeking expressions of interest from 15th March with a view to have several hundred participants in the pilot. This is a reduction in number from what was originally anticipated.

Ø They hope to have schemes operational from October this autumn.

Ø Agreement holders will be paid monthly in arrears for scheme revenue payments and for the participation payment. Capital payments will be made on a claim back basis.

Ø The participation payment is a contribution to the farmer’s time and effort in assisting DEFRA with this pilot study. It is expected a farmer would need to commit to 10-15 hours per month.

Ø There are lots of new concepts including the new standards within the pilot.

Ø The payment rates are similar to existing scheme payment rates. They should not be taken as an indication of future rates.

Ø BPS claimants are only eligible to apply for this if they have land parcels that are currently not in an environmental scheme (avoiding any risk of double funding).

  1. SFI 2022 – A more ambitious SFI will be launched for 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-scheme-pilot-launch-overview/sustainable-farming-incentive-defras-plans-for-piloting-and-launching-the-scheme

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Farming Advice Service – February Newsletter

Please click here to access the February edition of the Farming Advice Service Newsletter which contains a great deal of useful information.

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McDonald’s UK and The Prince’s Countryside Fund invite farmers to get Ready for Change

McDonald’s UK and PCF are inviting dairy and livestock farmers in England to attend their latest webinar, delivered by Kite Consultants, on ‘Agricultural Transition – getting ready for change’.

 

The free webinar will cover what’s happening in England under Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan, what this means in practical terms for farmers, and simple next steps that farm businesses can take to prepare themselves. Kite will also be able to answer questions on the agricultural transition from farm businesses.

 

Harriet Wilson, Agriculture and Sustainable Sourcing Manager at McDonald’s UK said: “We know how critical the Agricultural Transition Plan will be to ensure the sustainability of our industry, which is why it’s imperative we understand what these changes will mean for farm businesses. By delivering this webinar with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, we hope to provide farmers the opportunity to ask any questions they may have on the plan, and seek real clarity on next steps they may need to take.”

 

The hour-long webinar is being held on Tuesday 9th March at 1pm and interested farmers can sign up at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/readyforchange. The webinar is open to all livestock farmers in England, regardless of whether they have participated in The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

 

McDonald’s and PCF are hosting this webinar as part of their Ready for Change programme. Aimed at farmers who’ve participated in The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, Ready for Change equips farm businesses with the tools to adapt their activities and make sensible, informed decisions about their businesses. Since September 2020, 37 farm businesses have taken part in the workshop.

 

Gerard, a beef and sheep farmer from Northern Ireland who attended the workshop in November, said: “The Ready for Change workshop was great to get up-to-date information from a reliable source. It’s really encouraging to hear that McDonald’s are offering this type of support to farmers and helping to keep everyone on the same page.”

 

Visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/readyforchange to register for this event.

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Rural Hub Herefordshire

Please click here to access the latest Newsletter from Rural Hub Herefordshire.

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Livestock Information

Please click here to access useful livestock information.

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Red Tractor Webinar – Wednesday 24th February

As there have been many comments on our Facebook page regarding Red Tractor, you may find the following useful:
Red Tractor are holding a webinar for their members on Wednesday 24th February 12 noon – 1.30pm. The link to register for the webinar can be accessed here.
As the RT review is quite long winded particularly if you have more than one species on the farm, here is a link to a precis document, put together by RT themselves.
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Government Help Available

The Government has extended support for businesses that had to shut due to lockdown: this is targeted at tourist businesses, venue hire, non essential retail, etc.

Full details can be found here.