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Here is a flavour of some of the most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

Rural crime prevention evening for north Warwickshire – 4 December

Warwickshire Police and partners are holding a meeting and information evening to support farmers, horse owners and rural businesses in north Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth at Atherstone Golf Club, The Outwoods, Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 2RL on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm.

Attending the evening will be Phillip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, T/Inspector Allison Wiggin – lead for Rural Crime in Warwickshire Police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Coleshill and Atherstone – Sgt Bob Shaw, PC Andy Timmins and RCO Carol Cotterill from the newly launched dedicated Rural Crime Team.

Also present will be National Farmers Union and NFU Mutual Insurance, representatives from Warwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council re flytipping, the Fire Service, Trading Standards, Warwickshire Horse Watch, Cyber & Business Crime Advisor, NHW and many other supporting organisations all displaying information on the latest crime prevention equipment available,

Food is provided.

Do you farm in the Arden area of Warwickshire?

The Arden Farm Wildlife Network is a group for farmers and land managers which helps to support the environmental management they are doing on their farms in the Arden landscape area in Warwickshire. We have the following training sessions organised for December:

Tuesday 3rd December 6.30pm – Lapwings, their habitats, reasons for decline and how we can help

Wednesday 11th December 10am – 12.00pm – Small Woodland Management and creation

If you farm in the Arden area and would like to come along to any of the events please contact me for further details:

Zoe Bell

07980 771872


Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme is launched

The Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG) is a £50 million scheme that aims to help accelerate woodland planting rates and develop the domestic market for woodland carbon for the permanent removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Unlike most existing woodland creation support mechanisms the WCaG is not a grant or a fund and it does not contribute towards the cost of planning, establishment or early maintenance.

Woodland creation projects accepted into the Woodland Carbon Guarantee have the option to sell WCUs to the government every 5 or 10 years up to 2055/56. The government will buy the WCUs for an agreed guaranteed price that is index-linked for the life of the contract. You can still choose to sell the carbon credits on the open market at any time.  For further information please visit this page.

Keep up to date with weather advice from AHDB

For anyone involved in agriculture, adapting to the vagaries of the weather is a constant.  You can stay up-to-date with the latest advice on planning for and coping with weather events of all kinds on the AHDB Weather page.  There is advice on how to deal with the current wet weather and Met Office warnings.  Visit the page here.

NFU Mutual launch their Agri Tech Report

Investing in agri-tech needs careful planning and consideration which is why NFU Mutual has worked with a number of experts to produce an agri-tech report. This report aims to help farmers make the right choices to farm sustainably, profitably and safely. It will share insight, expert views and case studies relating to a range of agri-tech developments, including precision growing, livestock sensors, autonomous tractors and drones.

Download your copy from this page.

Have you seen this stolen John Deere tractor?

Some time between 12.00 on the 17/10/19 and 08.30 hrs on the 18/10/19, unknown offender(s) entered a farm near Nuneaton and stole a green and black John Deere tractor (pictured).  If you have seen a tractor matching this one in a suspicious location or have seen one offered for sale that has raised your concern and believe it may be stolen please call 101 and refer to inc 112 of 18/11/19 or email  Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

RPA confirms BPS 2019 entitlement values and greening rates

The Rural Payments Agency has published the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlement values and greening rates.  This follows the confirmation of the BPS exchange rate for this year’s payments, which will start landing in bank accounts in December.   Under BPS, farmers need to hold an entitlement for every hectare of eligible land they are claiming on. The size of farmers’ payments will depend on how many entitlements they use, supported by eligible land and the value of those entitlements.  The greening part of payments has been calculated by taking the number of entitlements farmers have used with eligible land to claim payment, and multiplying it by the greening value.

For further information please visit this page.

Harness the economic and environmental potential of hemp

27 November – Stoneleigh Park

The Product Earth mission is to connect, educate & inform those interested in wellbeing, sustainability & health with quality hemp, CBD & cannabis businesses in a safe & trusted environment.  The team would like to invite the Warwickshire agricultural community to learn more about the economic, environmental and ecological impact of hemp at an event at Stoneleigh Park on 27 November.  The hemp farming industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. Growing at 400% annually, in the US and 300% annually in continental Europe.  However, the UK is lagging behind and key to catching up is an understanding of hemp and its potential applications in a wide variety of consumer industries. This is a huge opportunity for British farmers.

To find out more about the opportunity visit this page to book your ticket for the free event.

RDPE Growth Programme opens for expressions of interest

The Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form before midnight on 16 February 2020.

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

For further information on how to apply for a grant please visit this page.

Nature Friendly Farming Network publish a guide to net zero carbon in farming

Net zero carbon refers to achieving an overall balance between emissions produced and emissions taken out of the atmosphere. Achieving net zero is required to meet the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures below a 1.5°C rise above pre-industrial levels.  To achieve the scale of change needed, action must be taken now to reduce emissions and lay the foundations for the longer-term transformation required.  In order to help farmers achieve net zero targets Nature Friendly Farming Network has created a practical guide for farmers.

Stocksperson vacancy at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust – Mary Arden Farm

A full-time experienced Stockperson vacancy is available at Mary Arden’s Farm near Stratford on Avon, which is open to the public.  The farm is organic and uses traditional methods of farming in keeping with the Tudor period.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone experienced with a range of livestock, passionate about traditional farming and who enjoys interacting with people.   The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th November 2019.  If you would like to know more and to apply please go to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust jobs website

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Isabelle Butterworth, Farm Manager on 01789 338527.

Coventry Corsairs Rugby Club

Coventry Corsairs is Coventry’s first fully inclusive Rugby Club. They train at Coventrians in Holbrooks on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm.   All ages and abilities and anyone with a love of rugby are welcome.  For contact details please visit this page.


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Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Karen Ellis
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton





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Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm




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