Prince’s Countryside Fund – Farm to the Future

Do you want to understand the policy changes that will affect the future of your farm business? Sign up to Farm for the Future programme today.

FARM CORNWALL is recruiting farm businesses for the Farm for the Future programme, coordinated by The Prince’s Countryside Fund and funded by Defra.

Through workshops and one-to-one support, the Farm for the Future programme will help those in Cornwall to better understand how the Agricultural Transition Plan will affect the future of their business. It will provide business support so farmers can manage the upcoming changes and make informed decisions about the future of their farm business, and discover opportunities with the ELM schemes that may financially and practically benefit the farm.

Any tenant or owner-occupied farm currently in receipt of BPS in England is eligible to join.

Workshops will be held at Penzance, Truro, Camelford, Liskeard].

For more information and to express interest in taking part please  visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/farmforthefuture  or contact FARM CORNWALL 01736367589  email sally@farmcornwall.co.uk

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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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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.

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Thank you Cornwall Community Foundation!

We have received a generous donation from Cornwall Community Foundation in respect of our Keeping in Touch project.

This money will go towards a new laptop for farmers to use in the office to access online meetings and information (once current restrictions have been lifted); 8 ‘Chewing the Fat’ meetings, where Edward gets together for a small number of farmers for a general discussion over breakfast; the costs of increasing the number of newsletters produced per year;  and a contribution towards the women’s group meetings when they start again.

Donations like this make a huge difference to what we can offer farmers and their families in different ways to keep in touch.

 

Once again, many thanks to Cornwall Community Foundation.

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