Farming families can now access free business support and advice from a number of established organisations following grants awarded from Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund.
The Fund makes free expert support and advice available to farmers and land managers in England during the early years of the Government’s Agricultural Transition Period to: understand the changes that are happening; identify how, what and when they may need to adapt their business models, and to access tailored support to adapt their businesses.
The Fund is running across three phases and this is explained in more detail via Defra’s Future Farming blog.
Supporting Yorkshire farmers
Here, we highlight options for farmers to seek Resilience Fund support in Yorkshire. Click on the links below for further details about avenues of support and training.
ABT Training, Helmsley – ‘Preparing for Change’ webinars lasting 40 minutes each for farming businesses in the York and North Yorkshire area to enable attendees to update their skills and knowledge base. The next session, Getting to grips with Farm Business Basics, is on Wednesday 10th November at 10am. This is followed by Updating Farm Business Skills and Exploring Future Opportunities on Wednesday 8th December at 10am. To reserve your place, see www.ynygrowthhub.com/events
ABT will be running 2x 3.5 hour Farm Business Support workshops to explore future opportunities presented by the Agricultural Transition Plan, and a 1.5 day Practical Financial Recording course to update current business skills – both for farming businesses located within the North York Moors National Park and held at Reagarth Farm, Helmsley between January and March 2022. For registration, call 07703 361580 or email email@example.com
ADAS – Offers individual, confidential farm business reviews and advice, agricultural transition webinars and business skills development workshops. A webinar entitled ‘Farming without BPS – Building a resilient business’ will take place on Tuesday 26th October, 7pm to 8pm. It will cover: the changes due to happen to farm payments over the next six years; new schemes on the horizon to replace BPS, and ways to adapt to the loss of payments, before closing with a Q&A – Register here
ADAS offers a free independent assessment of your business, online or in-person. This is available to any farmer eligible for BPS payments in England and aims to help you futureproof your business, adjust to BPS payment reductions and identify opportunities to grow and improve business sustainability. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03301 755839.
AHDB – Offers one-to-one reviews using the online AHDB Farm Business Review tool for those in the grazing livestock and cereals sectors, with support from an agricultural consultant and a group feedback meeting. Follow on options for in-depth one-to-one support on cost control, business planning and carbon management. For more details, call 02475 189300 or email email@example.com
Brown&Co – Offering advice across all farm business types provided through individual farmer support via on-farm meetings. This will enable discussion of individual business needs as well as understanding the family and social factors crucial to underpin lasting change and business success. You will receive a report on your business including benchmarking and an action plan. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01480 598875.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Its Farm for the Future initiative for the dairy, beef and sheep sectors is a free business and environment programme to help tackle challenges you face and grasp opportunities on offer. Locally delivered, the programme will take a whole farm and whole family approach to help 1,000 family farm businesses.
The programme consists of meetings, online learning, signposting, 1:1 support, peer networking, and learning to groups of farms in 11 locations across England, including in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, as well as a virtual national group. For more information about the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors groups, contact Veronica Waller at The Farmer Network by emailing email@example.com or for more details about the Durham Dales group, contact Grace Crawford at UTASS (Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services) by calling 01833 641010 or email Grace@utass.org
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has teamed up with The Farmer Network for the Farm for the Future Programme and the Network will host welcome meetings for farmers to find out more on Thursday 28th October at 7pm at The Feathers, Helmsley, YO62 5BH and Monday 1st November at 7pm the Market House, Hawes DL8 3QN. To book a place at the welcome meetings, click here, call the Farmer Network on 01768 868615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JH Agri Consultancy – Available for livestock farmers in North Yorkshire, it is offering one-to-one support for beef and sheep farms, delivered by James Hadwin of JH Agri consultancy, Rhidian Jones of RJ Livestock systems and Ian Cairns of Agrifood technical services. Places are limited, email email@example.com or call 07739 176667.
Kite Consulting – A Steps to Success training programme involves one-to-one farm visits and farmer group meetings to look at how to: minimise the impact of changing subsidies on farm businesses, share best practice and signposting to relevant guidance and support. This support is targeted for dairy farmers. Register your interest by contacting Kite Consulting on 01902 851007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Land Workers’ Alliance – Advice available for farmers in the following sectors: medium to large scale horticulture (above 5 hectares), SME dairy production, SME red meat production and mixed farming systems. Support on offer includes a transition toolkit, one-to-one advice and peer support, and farmer-to-farmer webinars. For more details, call 07875 849754 or email email@example.com
Ricardo – Offering free resilience planning webinars this Autumn with Joe Scarratt from The Andersons Centre and Mark Thomas from the Farming Community Network, covering the latest information about the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme and what a resilience planning process looks like, from examining your business, showing you what the best businesses do, and planning for future success, as well as tips for managing stress and wellbeing.
Booking is essential. To reserve your place, click on the date of your preferred 90-minute session: Monday 1st November at 7pm, Thursday 4th November at 7pm, Tuesday 9th November at 2pm, Tuesday 9th November at 7pm, Wednesday 10th November at 10am, Wednesday 10th November at 2pm.
Ricardo is also offering detailed business reviews, with specialist business advisers from Andersons supporting farmers to identify potential risks and opportunities. Limited availability remaining. To register, click here. For more details, contact the Ricardo Future Farming Resilience Project team on 01235 753530 or email FFRF@ricardo.com