Between 2021 and 2027, the government will gradually reduce and then stop Direct Payments. Instead, farmers and landowners will be supported for actions improving the environment, improving animal health and welfare, and reducing carbon emissions.

The move away from Direct Payments is big change for many farmers. Taking time to plan and adjust now could help you to future proof your business.

The Future Farming Resilience Fund has been funded by Defra to allow us to support farmers and land managers with this transition. This free transition advice is available from October 2022 to any farmer or land manager currently in receipt of BPS payments.

 

Farm Grants Update and Navigating the Agricultural Transition Workshops will cover:

  • Timelines and reductions in the Basic Payment Scheme
  • Options to improve productivity and increase profits as the BPS payments reduce
  • Outline of the Environmental Land Management Schemes and the introduction of the Sustainable Farming Incentive
  • Business diversification strategies
  • New capital grant schemes that are being proposed

 

Additionally to the workshops, free one to one support is available. One to one support can include:

  • Looking at your current position and how the changes may affect your business
  • Calculating your BPS reductions
  • Discussing what grants are appropriate to you
  • Helping you to develop an action plan for the future

Your one to one can be carried out in-person or remotely. Contact [email protected] for further details. You will need to provide your contact details, SBI and farm size upon booking.

 

Upcoming workshops:

Cornwall

Date & time Location Booking link
Friday 15th September 2023, 10:00-12:45 

Gulval Village Hall, Penzance, TR18 3BJ

This event has now past. More will be released when planned.

  

Dorset

Date & time Location Booking link
2024, date t.b.c Purbeck, East Holme, venue t.b.c Booking link t.b.c
2024, date t.b.c Six Penny, Handley Booking link t.b.c

 

Somerset

Date & time Location Booking link
Wednesday 21st February 2024, 18.00 - 21.00 Langford Budville Jubilee Hall, Ritherdons Lane, Langford Budville, Somerset, TA21 0RL

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-grants-update-navigating-the-agricultural-transition-tickets-807615478637

Thursday 7th March 2024 18.00 - 21.00

Williams Hall    Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, TA3 6EU https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-grants-update-navigating-the-agricultural-transition-tickets-779295091597

Thursday 21st March 2024 18.00 - 21.00

Bishops Lydeard Village Hall,  Mount Street, Bishops Lydeard, TA4 3LH https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-grants-update-navigating-the-agricultural-transition-tickets-768266785637

 

Our partner organisations are running additional and specialist workshops (i.e. digital skills, diversification, soils, succession planning) which are available in all counties. To view a full list of the workshops on offer, click here...