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Lump sum exit: Tax treatment and what to look out for

After Defra announced details of the lump sum exit payment scheme, which opens to English farmers in April, NFU Mutual provides advice on the pros and cons.

Warwickshire farmers benefit from environmental support

With increasing pressure on farms to reduce environmental impacts and adhere to a rising number of standards, the Arden Farm Wildlife Network allows farmers to access free guidance to improve habitats and, potentially, farm productivity too. Farmers Guide teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts for a series of articles to learn more about its work with farms…

£25 million funding pot for high-tech machinery on farms

Farmers and growers in England can now apply for up to £500,000 in Government funding to invest in cutting edge robotics and technology to boost food production. 

AHDB ends annual funding to Red Tractor

The AHDB board has said it is ‘no longer appropriate’ to continue providing annual seed corn funding now that Red Tractor is financially established and self-sustaining.

Round-up of machines eligible for new equipment and tech grants

The long-awaited Farming Equipment and Technology grants are finally here, so we spoke to Ben Willcox from Shropshire-based Mastek Engineering for an overview of the company’s range of machinery, which is available for grant funding.

£27m funding pot launches to boost farm productivity

NFU has described the Farm Investment Fund as “good news for farmers” but warns that application windows are “tight”.

New partnership offers £500,000 boost to farm sustainability research

AHDB and BBSRC are partnering to invest £500,000 in UK agriculture to help the industry transition to more sustainable practices, and ultimately net zero carbon by 2040.

£17m in extra funding for farmers to tackle water pollution

The government announced that farmers across the country will be given additional support to take action to reduce water and air pollution from their land. The announcement was made on on the 2nd of August 2021 and will provide an additional £17million

Regenerative agriculture programme launched in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire farmers, growers and rural food start-ups can now benefit from £398k of funding to boost regenerative agriculture.

£21m funding set to give dairy industry a boost

A digital dairy project aiming to create 600 new jobs in South-West Scotland and Cumbria has been awarded more than £21 million of funding.

The University of Hull helping those in the Humber region tackle flooding

Small and medium-sized businesses in the Humber may lack the knowledge and expertise required to tackle the growing flood risk facing the region.

‘Hedgefund’ New Scheme offers grants and guidance for farmers to help the UK’s threatened hedgerows

The Tree Council is leading Close the Gap, a partnership project with a year of activity to champion hedgerows and is asking farmers to get involved to boost biodiversity, tackle climate change and preserve the unique character of the English countryside. 

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