Red Tractor – temporary suspension of all physical inspections

Red Tractor have temporarily suspended all physical inspections, across all schemes including the FSA and other enforcement bodies that Red Tractor have earned recognition arrangements with until further notice.

Red Tractor are working with certification bodies and UKAS to understand and develop processes to establish remote auditing. Red Tractor will communicate to scheme members when and how inspections move to a remote audit in due course.

This does not affect your annual membership renewal of your certificate. You should seek to renew your certificate as normal.

If you require stickers, you should follow the normal procedure and contact your certification body which will provide these.
Any issues in receiving your stickers must be raised with your certification body, who will be able to offer an alternative solution.

Click HERE to go to the Red Tractor Covid-19 Hub for further details.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships open for applications

Nuffield Farming Scholarships offer life changing Scholarships that unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas, with a view to developing farming and agricultural industries. 2020 has brought the year of the 1000th Nuffield Scholar.

“Nuffield Farming Scholarships are an amazing opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. They are recognised worldwide, and in many countries there is a network of scholars who will be pleased to assist you.”

Over the years we have had some fantastic Scholars from Herefordshire who have brought back many brilliant ideas which have been shared both within Herefordshire and nationally.

The applications are now open and will close on the 31st July 2020. There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programs in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and the Southern Caucausus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan)

To apply you need to be between 22 and 45 years of age.

To find out more information please visit the website or contact our Alumni Officer Charlotte Merson – email:

Three-crop rule relaxed and support for farmers hit by recent flooding

Basic Payment Scheme – Three-Crop Rule Relaxed

The three-crop rule has finally been relaxed for farmers in England following months of lobbying by industry leaders. Thank you to them for all their efforts.
The rule is being relaxed for ALL farmers for 2020 – not just flood-hit growers unable to get crops in the ground.

Flooding – Farming Relief Recovery Fund – support for farmers affected by storms Ciara and Dennis

A further £6 million pot of funding will be provided through a further extension to the Farming Recovery Fund.
Support will be available for farmers in Shropshire, Staffordshire, east and north Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire.

More information on the application dates for the extended Farming Recovery Fund will be released in due course, which will include details on how to apply and guidance on eligibility within affected counties.
The Farming Recovery Fund handbook has more detail for those eligible under previous funding rounds.

Farmers who have been affected by recent flooding and who have already repaired damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos, in order to help the RPA process eligible applications promptly.

Planning ahead?

Has there ever been a time of more turmoil and uncertainty in farming?

With the challenging weather conditions experienced in recent months, and the growing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the forthcoming EU trade negotiations, what can farmers do to clear the fog?

As part of Defra’s ‘Future Farming Resilience Fund’, and working in partnership with Ricardo Energy and Environment and The Anderson Centre, Herefordshire Rural Hub will be running a series of support programmes to help farm businesses prepare for change.

Beginning in March, we will be running Resilience Briefing events, providing the tools and support to help you to understand the changes coming from the UK’s Exit from the EU and the Common Agricultural Policy.

We will be running two workshops on resilience planning with Ricardo and Andersons providing insight into the tools and information to make a start on your plans for the coming years – helping you to understand your business performance, identifying the opportunities opening up and helping you ensure success in the future.

More details will be coming out soon but in the meantime if you would like to find out more or to get involved please get in touch with Sarah Starkey
Tel: 07974 438517     Email:



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