SFI cap welcomed by farming groups

Farming groups have expressed relief that the government has listened to the sector’s growing fears that environmental schemes could pose a threat to food security.

How can farmers balance green schemes with food production? 

A rural property expert encourages farmers to carefully consider to what extent they enter new environmental schemes after inheritance tax relief was extended in the Spring Budget. 

FETF: Animal Health and Welfare grants now available

Farmers can now apply for FETF funding to help pay for equipment and technology to improve animal health and welfare.

What government grants can farmers apply for now?

As the government opens up new rounds of FETF funding this spring, we take a look at what farmers can apply for now, as well as future dates to keep in the diary.

Repurposing unused farm buildings: expert advice on gaining additional income 

Farmers have been encouraged to repurpose their unused buildings and gain additional income through diversifications.

Hundreds of farmers joined 2024 Farming Conference to talk about current issues

Farmers from East Anglia joined the 2024 Farming Conference that took place on Thursday 29th February in Ipswich. A panel of experts shared their advice on ‘how to thrive, not just survive’ in the agricultural industry. 

BNG: Could your farm benefit from new legislation?

New BNG rules present an opportunity for farmers and landowners to rent out less productive land to developers, who are now required to provide at least 10% BNG.

Restructuring finance: Milking robots bring new success to family dairy

UK Agricultural Finance believes in supporting farmers to invest in their agricultural business with farm loans. Many established farm businesses that have been in the family for a long time will require some form of restructuring, and this may require restructuring finance.

Krone Finance launches new spring deals on UK hire purchases

Krone Finance has launched its latest finance deals on hire purchases of Krone’s forage and grassland equipment in the UK.

Welsh MS criticised for saying “there is no reason to subsidise agriculture” 

Comments made by Welsh Labour MS Mike Hedges about farm funding have been criticised by the Welsh farming union and described as “completely out of touch”. During a Senedd plenary debate on Wednesday, 10th January, Swansea East MS Hedges said that “there is no reason to subsidise agriculture”.

Farmer welcomes payments for introducing wildlife

A Cambridgeshire farmer and CEO of the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) warmly welcomed recent changes to the ELM scheme, which enable farmers to receive premium payments for taking environmental actions. 

Dairy farm uses smart funding to install new state-of-the-art parlour

Dairy farmer Stephen Carson recently installed the UK’s first batch milking system, with milk being pasteurised and bottled on site before being sold through vending machines. Allowing him to keep the profits through the supply chain, the project was funded by a combination of government grants and specialist agri finance.

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