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Alternative funding helps farmer set up poultry business from scratch

Twelve months ago, TJ was a full-time welder. Now he’s a poultry farmer supplying 30,000 eggs a day to one of the UK’s leading food companies. As diversifications go, that’s quite a shift.

Plans to bring forward BPS payments welcomed

Defra has announced plans to make Direct Payments in two instalments each year to help farmers with cashflow.

Four weeks left to apply for funding to update electricity generators

Farmers and landowners who own or operate electricity generation like solar, wind, gas and combined heat and power (CHP) have got just four weeks left to apply for funding to help them update their generation equipment.

Finance: Keeping the glass half full

In times of significant uncertainty, it could be difficult for farming businesses to access the finance they need from traditional banks. Rural Asset Finance explains the different paths available to farmers and how its non-traditional approach provides access to funds for a wide variety of projects.

Top tips to get the most from your year-end process

It’s that time again. Farm businesses across the UK are going through their year-end process – a necessary but often daunting task. However, this does also offer the chance to take stock internally, determining how your business is performing and what you can achieve this year, says agricultural software specialist Farmplan.

Animal health and welfare support announced for livestock farmers

RABDF has welcomed news that the government will fund annual vet visits and grants to improve livestock health and welfare.

Thousands of claims already made following storm damage, rural insurer reports

NFU Mutual says it received over two claims per minute at its busiest point due to damage caused by Storm Eunice.

Lump Sum Exit Scheme to open in April, govt confirms

Farmers who wish to leave the industry will be able to apply for a lump sum payment from the government.

Report highlighting concerns over ELMs should act as a ‘wake-up call’

A new report has questioned the government’s readiness to deliver the ELM scheme, and raised concerns about its potential impacts for the farming sector.

A year in Brexit: What does the picture look like now?

As the UK marks its first tumultuous year outside of the EU, Farmers Guide reflects on the current situation – the outstanding threats, opportunities and what the future may hold for British farmers as a result.

£1.75bn already passed to farmers as payment window opens

The Rural Payments Agency says they have paid out just over 97,500 claims, totalling £1.725bn for farmers in the first few days of the payment window, which runs between December and June.

Seven steps to generating income from your natural capital

Carbon credits and biodiversity tokens provide farmers with potentially significant new income streams, but how do they work? Louisa Knocker, senior manager at Trinity Natural Capital Markets, explains.

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