Limited opportunity – Carbon in agriculture course

Part-funded places to join a farm carbon auditing course are being offered to rural and farming SMEs in North Yorkshire, courtesy of the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network.

The Network is offering 10 subsidised places – up to 80% of the cost of the course – for farmers to attend the upcoming ‘Let’s talk Carbon’ introductory course.

Run by Carbon Metrics, this one-day introductory course to carbon in agriculture is tailored to rural professionals.

The course will take place on Thursday 27th October 2022, from 9am to 4pm, at the Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ.

Eligibility criteria

You must be self-employed or employed by a farming SME based in the rural North Yorkshire local authority area – see map here.

This is defined as:

  • Towns, villages and hamlets with populations below 10,000 and the wider countryside
  • Market or ‘hub towns’ with populations of up to 30,000 that serve their surrounding rural areas as centres of employment and in providing services
  • Applicants must be able to contribute 20% of the cost towards the course or training and payment will be required on booking.

The course covers

  • How to calculate the carbon footprint of a farming enterprise
  • Identifying potential mitigation measures
  • Understanding issues around carbon auditing on farms
  • Planning how to minimise risks and maximise on-farm carbon opportunities

The course includes an on-farm visit and practical discussion around measures implemented to reduce carbon balance.

Also included in the course fee is a free one-to-one consultation with a Carbon Metrics consultant.

Legacy funding

The concessionary rate for this course has been secured for farmers by the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network as part of a new programme of activity that uses legacy funding secured from the Partnership Investment Fund Limited to offer a training support programme for the benefit of rural and farming SME’s in North Yorkshire.

The aim of this wider programme is to enhance knowledge in basic business skills and support businesses in gaining accredited practical skills training to enhance and retain a skilled work force in North Yorkshire’s farming and rural communities.

The programme’s forthcoming training offer will focus around six themes, including environmental, farm health and safety, farm business skills and accounting, mental health and well-being, countryside education (CEVAS) and local food producer support.

To apply

To apply for the subsidised place on the up-coming course, please download and complete the application form here and return to

Please note: Places are limited and will be given on a first-come basis. We will run a waiting list for future courses.

For further information about the opportunity, you can contact Holly Jones, Email: or call 01423 546 251.

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