£450k will be given away by King’s charity to help rural and farming projects 

The Royal Countryside Fund, founded by the King, has announced a donation of almost £450,000 in grants for farmers and support for rural initiatives across the country. 

Farmers share concerns about loss of food-producing land

Suffolk farmers were invited to a roundtable event by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), where they heard the latest on available schemes and grants – and shared concerns about the level of financial support for food production versus environmental management. Sarah Kidby attended.

Capitalise on slurry grants

With uncertainty over what government help will be available in 2024, making use of existing slurry grants to improve storage, management and to cover slurry is being advocated by industry specialist Tramspread.

Farmers call for more funding for managing grassland  

A recent Defra webinar on funding for grassland and livestock saw farmers question the funding available for low input grassland, species rich grassland and good quality semi-improved grassland options under the SFI.

New round of Slurry Infrastructure Grant opens

Farmers can apply for up to £250,000 to modernise and replace slurry storage infrastructure as the government announces a funding pot of over £70m.

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.

How to make the most of new calf housing grants

We know that the early stages of a calf’s life have a significant impact on their lifetime health and productivity, but housing is often not fit for purpose. We spoke to Rob Hall of LLM Farm Vets, for advice on new Defra funding to help farmers replace aging buildings.

Defra launches £14 million research fund to accelerate farming innovation

Over £14 million will be on offer in new competition rounds to develop innovative solutions in the farming sector as part of the government’s Farming Innovation Programme, Defra has announced yesterday (2nd August).

Further funding announced for cattle housing and livestock equipment

Livestock farmers will be able to apply for grants of up to £500,000 to improve cattle housing and boost productivity, with further grants being made available for purchasing equipment and technology as part of the government’s Animal Health and Welfare Pathway.

Alternative support for Welsh farmers as subsidy scheme draws to a close

With subsidy payments for farmers set to end this year, the Welsh government has announced the launch of an interim agri-environment scheme from 1st January 2024 to provide alternative support until the start of the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme in 2025.

New competition offers £5m funding to accelerate agricultural innovation

Small and medium-sized farm businesses will be able to apply for a share of £5 million to fund innovative ideas aimed at boosting sustainable food production, supporting nature recovery and driving progress towards net zero as a new competition launches later this month.

New support to help farmers access private funding for nature recovery

At the first ever ‘Nature for Finance’ event held at Downing Street yesterday (19th June), Defra announced further support for farmers to access private investment for nature recovery projects that deliver outcomes such as improved soil health and ecosystem services on farms to promote sustainable food production.

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