The Future Farmer Resilience Fund is designed to provide business support to farmers and land managers during the early years of the agricultural transition. It does this by awarding grants to organisations who help farmers and land managers to:
- understand the changes that are happening
- identify how, what and when they may need to adapt their business models
- access tailored support to adapt.
The second phase of the support will be available, free of charge, from September 2022 onwards. Any farmer or land manager currently in receipt of Direct Payments is eligible to apply. There are several organisations offering the support to Warwickshire farmers so please visit this page to see the list.
The RPA has recently launched the first in a new podcast series which will offer support and guidance to farmers, landowners and rural communities navigating agricultural transition. Listen on Apple and Spotify or through Buzzsprout. If you would like RPA to cover a particular topic with their subject experts, please email External.Affairs@rpa.gov.uk
The Landworker’s Alliance advice aims to help farmers and land managers prepare for the agricultural transition and build farm businesses that will work for you and future generations. They will encourage and support the integration of resilience into all aspects of farming systems; looking at agroecological land-management, shortening supply chains, and resilient financial practices. Support includes a transition toolkit, 1-1 peer support and farmer to farmer webinars. Visit this page to sign up.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting farm businesses to join their new Farm for the Future programme, which is being delivered virtually to farmers in Warwickshire. The programme will help farms to better understand how the Agricultural Transition Plan will affect the future of their business. Farm for the Future will provide business support so farmers can manage the upcoming changes and make informed decisions about their future and discover opportunities with the ELM schemes that may financially and practically benefit the farm.
Any owner-occupied or tenant farm currently in receipt of BPS in England can take part and the programme is free of charge. For more information and to express interest in taking part please visit Defra Future Farming – The Prince’s Countryside Fund (princescountrysidefund.org.uk)
A new Farming Community Network publication, The Journey Ahead, has been developed with input from more than 40 different organisations and experts across agriculture. Through questions and answers, articles, guidance and case studies, the publication contains a wide range of information sourced from industry experts around areas such as financial security, succession planning, diversification, retirement, mitigating TB, farm safety, wellbeing and more. The publication follows the FCN Time to Plan campaign which ran between October 2020 – March 2021.
You can download a digital copy of The Journey Ahead on this page.