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.

**Coronavirus**

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 FFRF@ricardo.com

 

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 (https://www.buglife.org.uk/our-work/b-lines/) 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8drjmng

The survey ends on Friday 29th May 2020

If you have any queries, please contact catherine.jones@buglife.org.uk

Food, Farming & Countryside Commission Survey

After COVID-19  –  What should change and what can we learn from lockdown?
How could food, farming and the countryside be ‘built back better’ in practice?

The FFCC want to know the views of people with professional experience and knowledge of these issues.  They are asking farmers, land managers and advisors, people working in food or rural businesses, community groups and NGOs, people working in central and local government, and academics.

Please follow the link here to complete the survey: https://www.ffcc.co.uk/learning-from-lockdown
This survey should take 15-25 minutes. Please complete the survey by Tuesday 19th May.

In particular FFCC want to know what has surprised you. The pandemic will have exposed problems or opportunities that you knew about already. But where has it challenged your previous views?

FFCC will publish the findings from this professional survey quickly, so they can inform policy as the UK comes out of lockdown. We plan to test public appetite for key ideas that come out with a further national poll. Responses will also shape the next phase of their own work as a newly independent organisation focused on putting the Commission’s recommendations into practice.

Free Pesticide Disposal Scheme with Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru – Registration window extended to 29/5/20

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

WHAT IS INCLUDED

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

HOW IT WORKS

  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.

Registration window extended to 29th May 2020

You can register:-

Online  HERE

By telephone: 01443 452716

Collection will take place between May and September 2020

Window extended to submit BPS 2020 applications, and to claim funding for environmental and woodland work under other schemes

The window to submit applications for the Basic Payment Scheme and make a claim for Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and woodland legacy revenue payments will be extended.

In light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, farmers and land managers will now have until 15th June to submit their applications without penalty.

In addition, the period for amending your claim without penalty has also been extended to 30th June 2020, with final submission of applications and claims now to be with the RPA by 10th July 2020.

Farmers and land managers are still encouraged to submit claims and applications online for BPS and CS through the Rural Payments Service as soon as they are able to, so that the RPA can process them as swiftly as possible.

The deadline for NEW CS Higher Tier and Mid Tier agreements remains the same, as 1st May and 31st July 2020 respectively.  Applications are still being accepted.

 

Support available for Countryside Stewardship

Natural England and Forestry Commission staff are continuing to provide advice by phone or video call for land managers developing Higher Tier applications in time for the 1 May application deadline, so that schemes can be progressed in the absence of a site visit.

Natural England will also be supporting Mid Tier applicants through an off-farm advice programme whereby applicants can contact an adviser and book a clinic session. Applicants will receive advice on the options most appropriate to their holding and top tips on ensuring applications are correct.

Update and News from Herefordshire CarerLinks at Crossroads Together

Supporting unpaid family carers in Herefordshire.

Find out how CarerLinks can help:-  www.crossroadstogether.org.uk

Update from Herefordshire CarerLinks regarding the current support offer to unpaid family Carers during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Update re COVID 19 Statement _Herefordshire

Latest newsletter from Herefordshire CarerLinks at Crossroads Together

Carers News Herefordshire – Quarter 2 2020

AHDB “Make it Steak Night”

From:
Christine Watts, Chief Officer for Communications and Market Development, AHDB

“There is little doubt that the events of recent weeks are changing how we live, work and care for one another, as well as how we shop and eat.
Supply chains and farmers are having to adapt in new ways to new challenges, and here at AHDB, we are committed to supporting where we can.

We are now expanding our support further by launching a 12-week beef consumer campaign around the call to #makeitsteak and #steaknight to help redress carcase balance and generate additional value for the beef supply chain.

We are working with colleagues in Scotland and Wales on our new promotional campaigns, which include beef, lamb and pork, and will roll these out over the coming weeks, in national media and on social channels. The focus is on marketing to consumers of all ages across Britain.

At the same time, we are increasing the presence of the award-winning Department for Dairy-Related Scrumptious Affairs (DDRSA) across social media (instagram.com/deptofdairyscrumptiousaffairs and facebook.com/TDDRA) to remind people of the versatility and enjoyment of dairy in the diet.

To help us amplify the content and get the nation cooking, we have pulled together a collection of relevant links, recipes and ‘how-to videos’ for all to share widely. This is on our website at ahdb.org.uk/steak-night

We would welcome our farmers and growers supporting these campaigns. Please take a look at our websites and get involved! At AHDB, we continue to do what we can to support you during these exceptional times. Please do help share the content so we can amplify our messaging and reach as many people as possible.”

Christine Watts, Chief Officer for Communications and Market Development, AHDB

lovepork.co.uk

simplybeefandlamb.co.uk

 

Guidance from Defra on Public Rights of Way and access due to Coronavirus COVID-19

Thanks to the NFU and CLA for raising concerns and working with Defra on this. Both organisations have further information for their members on their websites at www.nfu.org and https://www.cla.org.uk/coronavirus

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as people follow the
Government’s instructions to maintain social distancing.
Government’s guidance on using green spaces.

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Highways Act 1980, Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way.  However, in very limited circumstances, where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following temporary measures:

  • Tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate.
  • Temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools. (Note: this is a polite request only, and there is no power under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for landowners to close or obstruct a public right of way).
  • Offering a permissive alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so.
    – The original right of way MUST still be maintained.
    – Permission must be obtained from relevant landowners and steps must be taken to make sure the route is safe for users and livestock.
    – It is also necessary to check the insurance position before doing this to ensure that appropriate cover is in place.
  • These temporary measures must be lifted as soon as social distancing measures are relaxed.

Defra approved signage that you can print out and use:

For paths with no alternative route:-

COVID-19 PROW notice

For paths with an alternative route:-

COVID-19 PROW alternative route notice