The Farmer Network is a not for profit organisation solely developed to help, support and guide farmers by providing services and benefits to two distinct local communities, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. It is run by farmers for farmers.
Our aim is to support local farmers to work together to save costs, increase income, knowledge and skills, and cope with paperwork.
We organise activities to educate the public including farm walks, school and public visits to farms and have produced a DVD entitled ‘Behind the Scenery’ which provides an insight into the life of Lakeland hill farmers throughout the four seasons.
For more information on membership benefits click on the 'Why Become a Member' tab.
The Farmer Network occasionally has vacancies for staff and also opportunities for contracted work - see the News section for more details.
The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) have commissioned Rose Generation to review farmer networks, to identifying their key characteristics and benefits to farmers and the public sector.
This report has shown there are just four other networks operating in a similar way to The Farmer Network, they are UTASS (Teasdale), Warwickshire Rural Hub, Exmoor Hill Farm Project and Farm Cornwall. ‘Farmer networks have wider beneficial impacts for the communities in which they are based and the environment. They help farmers to pool their expertise and energy and make a very significant contribution to the sustainability of some of the most challenged rural communities in England.’ Tim Farron, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming. The full report Putting the Spotlight on Farming Communities.
The Farmer Network is now able to extend the age range for Training Vouchers from 25 to 40, therefore anyone born between 1.9.72 – 1.9.97 is now eligible to receive a £200 training voucher to put towards the cost of technical training.Please speak to Mel in Head Office for more details email email@example.com or Tel. 01768 868615.
Animals in Transit Qualification
The Farmer Network is able to offer to members the opportunity to gain the Animals In Transit Qualification for farmers needing to transport stock more than 40 miles.
Please ring Head Office for details of your nearest coordinator and how much it will cost Tel. 01768 868615.
Manure Management for Farmers in the Current Prolonged Wet Weather published by the Environment Agency
Defra will be reviewing the situation as Autumn proceeds.
Farm Work Opportunities- see the 'News' section.
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