CUMBRIA GROWTH CATALYST FARM BUSINESS REVIEWS

We are still offering free farm business reviews funded by the Cumbria Growth Catalyst programme but have now been given permission to also use these visits to help farmers prepare Expression of Interests to apply to the Growth Programme.  The farm business review includes information about the proposals in the Agriculture Bill, analysis of the […]

GRANT UPDATE

RURAL GROWTH PROGRAMME GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE – DEADLINE 16TH FEB 2020 Last Friday, Defra announced another round of its Growth Programme which provides grants for small rural businesses to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.  Examples of eligible projects include farm diversification, food processing and development of tourism infrastructure.   There is a […]

£35m ANNOUNCED FOR RURAL GROWTH PROGRAMME GRANTS

The Government has just announced another round of its Growth Programme which provides grants for small rural businesses to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.  Examples of eligible projects have in the past included farm diversification, food processing and tourism developments. Last time the scheme was open, the grants were of up to […]

ELM Payment Methodologies Focus Group

 The Government has announced plans for a new agricultural policy to deliver an improved environment in England once the UK leaves the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy. The cornerstone of this is the development of a new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, which will be underpinned by the payment of public money for public goods. ELM is intended to provide a powerful […]

ADVICE AND INFO ON BREXIT

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has guides for each farming sector on post Brexit prospects for trade and the impact of a No Deal Brexit.  They also have a Brexit impact calculator, webinars and podcasts with Brexit analysis and advice:  https://ahdb.org.uk/brexit. Defra has advice to farmers on the implications of a possible No Deal […]

Swaledale Flood Recovery workshop

Tuesday 8th October 7.30 pm at The Bridge Inn, Grinton, DL11 6HH The Farmer Network and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Farm Team invite you to an informal workshop to go over the detail of DEFRA’s Flood Recovery grant.  Supper is provided so please book.  Contact Carol Moffat Phone – 015396 21602, Text – […]

Morrisons Apprenticeship Opportunity

Morrisons have opened up apprenticeship transfer levy funds to support British farmers of the future. This is an exciting opportunity for young farmers to gain financial support to fund their studies. As long as they are aged 19 or over, embarking on an apprenticeship course, and working on a farm alongside their studies, they are […]

Basic Payment Scheme exchange rate for 2019

This has been confirmed as €1 = £0.89092 which is a slightly less favourable exchange rate than in 2018 but still relatively good compared with before the 2016 referendum.  The continued weakness of the pound makes imports more expensive (eg feed) but does increase the value of BPS which is set in euros.

CP SMALL GRANT SCHEME

We are getting calls from farmers asking when they might hear whether their CP Small Grant scheme application has been approved (or not). We are not aware of any farmers having received offers of grant as yet.  With the first round of the scheme in 2018, it took 5 to 6 weeks for the applications […]