Research into the psychological impact of Farm Crime in the UK

A new anonymous research survey has been launched to gather data on the wider implications of farm crime across the UK. While many reports talk about the effect farm crime has on the financial and business aspect of farming, this is the first piece of academic research to address the psychological impact farm crime has on victims.This research is being conducted by Dr Kreseda Smith, a rural criminologist at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. It is hoped that the survey will be the first step in understanding how crime affects farmer mental health, and how important crime is as a stress factor in farming. Dr Smith urges all farmers, farm workers, and family members of farmers to complete the anonymous survey, commenting that “The psychological impact of farm crime not only affects the farmer, but also the wider family, friends, workers, and community. It is time for academic researchers to treat this as a serious issue affecting farmer mental wellbeing”.

The survey can be found at:

It will be open until 11th March 2020

All information provided is completely anonymous, and will only be used for the purposes of this academic research.

Free Pesticide Disposal Scheme with Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru

Following its success in 2019 Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru have re-launched their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme for farmers and land managers in England and Wales


  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides / Weed killer
  • Slug pellets
  • Sheep dip
  • Rodenticides


  1. Register with Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water online or by phone.
  2. We’ll confirm if you’re eligible  They will do this by asking you some simple questions.
  3. We’ll transfer your details.  If you’re eligible, they will securely transfer your details to their third party contractor.
  4. Collection.  The contractor will ask what you want to dispose of, how much you have and arrange a collection date.

Register between 1st March and 31st March 2020

Online at:

By telephone: 01443 452716

Collection will take place between May and September 2020

Support for businesses and residents impacted by recent flooding

Click HERE for guidance and information from the Government for farmers and land managers whose land has been flooded.

Herefordshire Council have announced details of support to businesses and residents that have been impacted by the flooding in Herefordshire – details HERE
Information on the support and guidance available can be found at

The Herefordshire Community Fund and the Hereford Times have launched a fund to raise money for those affected by the Storm Dennis flooding.
Click HERE for details of how you can help, and how to apply for assistance.


Herefordshire Green Futures 2020

The Green Futures Team are working together once again to update Herefordshire farming businesses on key environmental and legislative issues

You are invited to attend one of these seminars:-

Tuesday – 3rd March 2020

2pm – 4pm


7pm – 9pm

New Cattle Market Canteen, The Livestock Market, Roman Road, Hereford HR4 7AN

Full details and how to book HERE


Big Farm Bird Count 7th – 16th February 2020

Time to start planning the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) – back for the 7th year.   

This nationwide citizen science project takes just 30 minutes spotting birds on your land and is a great opportunity of showing what your conservation efforts deliver on the ground. GWCT who run the count hope that it will act as a catalyst for you to start building your own long-standing wildlife records.

How to take part in three simple steps

1) Download your count sheet from the BFBC website

2) Count your birds! On a day between 7th and 16th February, spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm.

3) Once you’ve completed your count, simply submit your results at

It’s a great chance for local birders and farmers to team up and do the survey together.

If you want help to find someone to collaborate with please contact Tony Norman

Scam alert – Courier Fraud

62% of courier fraud victims were aged 75 – 89, so please pass this message on to anyone who might be vulnerable.

Recently, there has been an increase in courier fraud offences, in particular in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These despicable crimes mostly impact upon vulnerable people within our communities, who are often convinced to hand over large amounts of money or expensive items such as designer watches.

What tends to happen is that the victim is cold called by the criminal who falsely claims to be a Police Officer, saying that there has been fraudulent use of their bank card/account.

They are advised that they need to withdraw large sums of money from their bank to protect it, and then return home. They are told that a “Police Officer” will come round and collect the money to keep it safe.

Often they are advised to ring 999 to report to the local police. The line is kept open and a different offender will persuade them to withdraw their money ready for collection.

  • If you are suspicious or feel uncomfortable with the caller’s questions, end the call.
  • If in doubt hang up, wait 10 minutes, then report the call to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.
  • Report it to the police 101 if the crime is still happening and the suspect is in the local area, or if you are vulnerable and/or unable to contact Action Fraud.
  • Do not part with any of your personal information, bank cards, money or valuables.

• Phone and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
• Ask you to transfer money out of your account
• Ask you to hand over any money or purchase vouchers
• Send someone to collect cash, PIN’s, cards or cheque books

For Crime Prevention advice contact:
Paul Crumpton, Rural & Business Crime Officer (Crime Prevention) HEREFORDSHIRE, West Mercia Police
Email:    Tel: 07773 044781

Free Farmbench Program


HELP from DJM Consulting to get you set up on the FREE Farmbench programme!*


Free, easy to use, online tool by AHDB to help you to interpret your enterprise data:

  • Help identify business strengths and weaknesses
  • Anonymously compare data with other similar farm businesses

Group reports and feedback/discussion breakfast groups hosted by DJMC


Make evidence-based informed decisions to:

  • Improve business performance and profitability
  • Measure – change – analyse
  • Protect your business against market volatility

Create a plan to future proof your business

The service predominantly covering the five counties of the West Midlands has a limited budget for the 2019 harvest year– so register now to secure your place!

For further information, and to REGISTER please contact

Marie Charles at DJM Consulting

01746 785121

*To be eligible you must grow at least 1 ha of a combinable crop in 2019 and must not have entered or submitted for validation, data for harvest 2018


Farming charity R.A.B.I has released money from its Crisis Fund to provide emergency grants to families affected by flooding.

The 159-year-old charity is working closely with other farming organisations to make help available quickly to people who need it. By simplifying their criteria and application processes, R.A.B.I is also fast-tracking grants of up to £3,000.

Even though it might have stopped raining and river water levels have fallen, the damage caused by flooding this autumn will take people months, even years, to fully recover from. Dealing with the aftermath of flooding can be both expensive and stressful and R.A.B.I stands ready to help long after the waters have subsided; when the true costs of the clean-up have been calculated and the impact of losing crops, livestock and bedding properly assessed.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is the agricultural sector’s oldest and largest charity, offering support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages.

To apply for assistance, call R.A.B.I’s confidential Freephone Helpline 0808 281 9490.

If you don’t need it, donate it…

The Herefordshire Community Foundation has launched its Surviving Winter campaign to help local people survive the coldest season. It is keen to help as many people, and the organisations they rely on in the winter, as possible.   The campaign originally began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people live well during the winter.

The cost to the NHS in Herefordshire owing to cold homes is considerable..  Research from the national charity Age UK suggested that the cost of cold homes to the NHS in England and Wales is £1.36 billion a year.  The figure does not include the cost to other services which much be significant.  Considering this national figure, any activity to reduce fuel poverty and its associated effects in Herefordshire is likely to lead to consequential reductions in local health spend, GP referrals and hospital admissions.

Philippa Spens, CEO of the Community Foundation, said, “This fund is vital, community foundations are one of the few organisations that help with responsive, crisis payments, when people really have nowhere else to turn and are desperate for help.” 

A recent recipient of a grant wrote, “What the Herefordshire Community Foundation have done for me is so much more than provide me with heating, you have made me feel that I matter and that is priceless.

Winter Fuel Allowance payments are made in November and December to all pensioners across the UK and is not means tested. If you don’t need yours you can donate it to the Community Foundation and they will help those less fortunate.  There isn’t any way to simply divert the payment. Instead, the Foundation is asking for a donation of some or all of the benefit you receive. Even if you don’t qualify for the benefit you can send money. 

To donate electronically use reference Surviving Winter, Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account No: 00021470 
online at
you can post a cheque made out to the Herefordshire Community Foundation, The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford HR4 9HP.
to give £10 you can text WARM 10 to 
70085This costs £10 pus your standard rate message.