Yesterday, Myerscough College issued a press release confirming arrangements for the land-based learning offer for Cumbria.  The full statement contains details of what courses and provision will be available from September 2021 following the closure of Newton Rigg College. Press release – Myerscough College Farmer Network Managing Director, Adam Day, says: “The impending loss of Newton […]

New toolkit aimed at female farmer wellbeing

Following the success of their male specific “Fit for Farming” manual, the Farming Community Network (FCN) have launched a new document to help female farmers look after their welfare. The booklet, titled “Fit For Farming – Women’s Health Made Easy”, contains useful advice on mental and physical health for female farmers, with topics including gynaecological […]


The COVID-19 Roadmap is on track with Step 2 starting this Monday.  Non-essential shops and hairdressers will be allowed to re-open from 12th April with bars and restaurants allowed to serve customers outdoors.  As well as the opportunity for much needed haircuts and a visit to a beer garden, the most relevant change for farm […]

The Northern Real Farming Conference – Survey

Farmer Networks in the North of England are being asked to help shape the next Northern Real Farming Conference this November.  There is a survey for farmer groups to complete and an on-line meeting on 19th May to discuss topics and how you would like to be involved in building an agro-ecological farming vision.  As well as the […]


Defra has published a blog providing more information about the Farming Investment Fund which is due to be launched this autumn.  There will be a smaller grant scheme – the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and a larger scheme –  the Farming Transformation Fund.  The smaller grant scheme is expected to be similar to the […]

Future Farm Resilience Programme

Defra has published details of how organisations can apply to its Future Farm Resilience Programme to support farmers during the agricultural transition.  We hope to join other Farmer Networks in delivering this programme in a bid that is being coordinated by the Prince’s Countryside Fund.  The bid will be submitted in May and if successful, […]


The Easter weekend is likely to be very busy particularly in National Parks and AONBs.  It is very frustrating for farmers with tourism businesses that they can’t open their accommodation to make money from visitors as would normally be the case and many are concerned about sheep worrying.  The NFU Countryside Code webpage includes posters, […]

Farmers Mental Health Study

We have been asked to see if any farmers would be interested in participating in a study that seeks to explore farmers’ emotional wellbeing and resilience amid the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to help, please click the following link Participant Information Sheet . You can also read some information regarding the study below […]

COVID SUPPORT SCHEMES – 31st March deadlines

The Local Restrictions Support Grant Schemes will close on 31st March.  These are for businesses that have either had to close, or which have remained open but impacted by COVID restrictions. Contact your Local Authority for details about how to claim. The popular Bounce Back Loan scheme closes on 31st March for businesses affected by […]