Defra consultation on “Contractual Relationships in the UK Dairy Industry”

This consultation is in response to concerns raised that primary producers, including dairy farmers, tend to occupy positions of relative market weakness in the food supply chain. Consensus among agricultural producers in the UK is that unequal bargaining power with processors and retailers can expose farmers to unfair treatment, with the potential to undermine equitable price transmission along the chain.  

For more information about the consultation, and to have your say, click HERE.

The consultation is open until 15th September 2020

Defra ELM scheme consultation has re-opened

DEFRA – ELM scheme consultation & interactive webinars

Defra’s ELM consultation has re-opened and is available HERE   It is open until 31st July.

The consultation sets out Defra’s initial thinking for ELM scheme design, providing an update on progress and overview of

high-level design options. It asks for stakeholder views and evidence on key questions and the responses received will help to inform the detailed scheme design for both the ELM scheme starting in 2024, and the start of the National Pilot in late 2021.

Defra is also running some interactive online webinars for farmers, foresters and land managers throughout July, to share views and discuss what the ELM scheme proposals mean for them –  Dates and booking for webinars

Updated Social Distancing posters for English and Non-English speaking agricultural workers

Posters have been supplied by Herefordshire Council & NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, for you to download and reproduce, giving advice for your employees on social distancing, and how to stop the spread of Coronavirus.  The posters are in English, Bulgarian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, & Slovak languages.

Continue reading “Updated Social Distancing posters for English and Non-English speaking agricultural workers”

Farming Recovery Fund 2020 (February flooding) open for applications

The Farming Recovery Fund 2020 extension is now open, and is available to farmers affected by the flooding in February 2020, who are located in parts of: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, East and North Yorkshire, and a further extension in Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire.

The handbook and how to apply are available at

All work must meet the specifications which will be set out in the handbook. If you carry out any work before the handbook is available, you do so at your own risk.

Deadline for submitting applications is 1st Sept 2020

Dairy Response Fund 2020 – open for applications

The Dairy Response Fund 2020 provides support to eligible dairy farmers in England who produce cows’ milk. They can apply for a one-off payment.
Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the dairy industry has faced challenges of excess milk, falling prices, and reduced demand from the hospitality sector.
Defra has set up a fund to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.
The fund will be administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Please read the Dairy Response Fund Handbook  to see if you are eligible to apply.

Only use the application form if you meet the eligibility requirements detailed in the handbook.

If you are eligible to apply, complete a Dairy Response Fund 2020 application form and email it to

The deadline for submitting your application to the RPA is midnight on Friday 14 August 2020.

Details also available on GOV.UK at

Local Authority Coronavirus Discretionary Grants Fund – Herefordshire

This fund is to help Small and Micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund but may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.

This includes businesses such as 
• regular market traders
• bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates

You may be eligible for funding through Herefordshire Council if your business:
• is based in Herefordshire
• has relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
• occupies property (or part of a property) with a rateable value or annual mortgage/rent payments below £51,000
• was trading on 11 March 2020

You will need to show that your business has suffered a significant fall in income due to coronavirus.

The initial funding round is now open and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 28th June 2020

Full details of types of businesses covered, eligibility criteria and how to apply at Herefordshire Discretionary Grant Fund

Are you worried about the future of your farming business?

The Defra Future Farming Resilience Fund is providing support to farmers and land managers across Yorkshire, Herefordshire and North Buckinghamshire/Northamptonshire. You are invited to join the programme.

Don’t miss the chance to get FREE advice from experts, funded by Defra.

The challenges caused by Coronavirus, extreme weather and the forthcoming changes to agricultural support as a result of leaving the EU may put significant stress on our businesses. This could leave many farmers and land managers in England needing to adapt their business model and carefully considering options for the future. This programme will provide information, tools, advice and support to farmers through this period of change.

The full programme includes:

  • Resilience planning – Facilitated by Sarah Starkey from Herefordshire Rural Hub, with an adviser from The Anderson Centre introducing some tools and tips on reviewing business performance. You will also receive insight on the future changes to agricultural policy and the opportunities and threats these may bring.
  • One-to-one farm resilience reviews. A specialist business adviser from The Anderson Centre will support you in identifying the potential risks and opportunities for your business.
  • Group Workshops. Bringing together local farmers to talk about the risks and opportunities, to share ideas and learn from each other.
  • Your own business plan. A personalised plan identifying actions to help mitigate the risks your business faces and to support you in its implementation.

All the advice provided will be completely free of charge, but you will be required to complete an agreement letter, plus a survey at the start and the end of the programme.

Places are limited so booking is essential and unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who registers will be offered a place.


During Coronavirus restrictions we will be able to deliver some services remotely using telephone and other electronic methods from mid-May onwards. While the future of the social distancing restrictions is still uncertain, we do expect to be able to provide face to face support on-farm as the programme progresses.

How can you get involved?

We are running a resilience planning webinar for participants in Herefordshire, taking place on

Thursday 25 June, at 7pm

To register for your FREE place, please click HERE.

If you require help with the registration or have any questions, please contact the Ricardo Future Farming Resilience Project team:  01235 753530 or email


Buglife launches “Landscapes for wild pollinators” survey

Are you are farmer, forester or land manager in England?

Would you like to help deliver wildflower-rich habitat for pollinators across the countryside?

Buglife’s “Landscapes for wild pollinators” survey asks farmers for their opinions on the best way to deliver habitat for wildlife in the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) that Defra are developing.

The B-Lines network ( mapped by Buglife (with the support of many partners) targets the creation of wildflower-rich habitat and other pollinator friendly habitat along corridors between existing habitat. Farmers, foresters and land managers can help us to deliver species-rich habitat for pollinators and other wildlife along the B-Lines network and across the countryside.

If you are a farmer, forester or land manager in England, Buglife wants to hear from you.

Please complete Buglife’s Landscapes for wild pollinators survey by clicking on this link:

The survey ends on Friday 29th May 2020

If you have any queries, please contact