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Farm Crap App

A new manure management app “the Farm Crap App” is designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in organic manures.
What is it?
The app, developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub in collaboration with Rothamsted Research North Wyke allows the farming community to appreciate the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures.
Farmers are able to visually assess manures and slurry application rates and calculate what is being provided in terms of available nutrients as well as giving an estimate of potential savings in artificial fertilisers.
The data is based on Defra’s RB209 Fertiliser Manual values for crop available nutrients along with the industry produced publication Think Manures and allows you to select different seasons, types of manures and crops growing to see what the manure will provide in terms of fertiliser value.
The calculator determines the amount of crop available nutrients that are found within manures spread at different rates. This helps with decisions on how much to spread in order to meet the crop requirements.
How do I access it?
The app is available on Apple and Android devices, through the Google Play or iTunes stores. For more information please visit this link.

New EU Organic Regulation

Following five years of debate, MEPs have approved the new regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products.  The new EU law is intended to improve the quality of organic food in the EU and also help to address the needs of a fast-growing organic market. The regulation will now go to Council where it is expected to be signed off next month and it will enter into force in January 2021.

Are you a rural business working in an off mains area of Warwickshire?

Then the Warwickshire Rural Community Council Energy Scheme may be for you. It is open to individuals and rural organisations alike.
The scheme aims to create collective purchasing power and keep prices at an affordable level for users.  Membership is open to all in Warwickshire – whether you’re an individual householder, a community group or a business – and it’s free to join.
To find out more visit their website.

Website: Open Website

Information on the new TB Advisory Service

The TB Advisory Service has been set up to enable cattle keepers to access specialist advice on building resilience to bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The service is fully-funded by Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), and is available to farmers in the High Risk and Edge areas of England. Eligible farmers will receive bespoke advice on biosecurity and the risks associated with cattle movements and trading.

If any eligible farmers would like to register for the service please visit their website to register some details including your CPH and SBI numbers.

Contact: Holly Shearman
Telephone: 01306 779 410
Email Address:
Website: Open Website

Smart Farming Guide on launching a farming business

The YFC Smart Farming Guide is a new free business guide offering essential advice on how to get a farming business started.  It was created in response to demand from young farmers who wanted more support for starting successful farming business ventures. This mobile-friendly, online guide will be continually updated with information during a time of unprecedented change.
Highlights of the guide include:
• Case studies from successful farming entrepreneurs
• Advice on the types of finance available.
• Risk analysis and business protection advice.
• A resources section with links to wider business support.
Use the link below to access the guide.

Website: Open Website

ITC Business Support from the Chamber of Commerce

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has launched its new ICT Business Support service, funded through European Regional Development Funding and working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council. The Chamber will be providing a package of ICT support for SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) across Coventry and Warwickshire that includes specialist 1:1 advice, a range of masterclasses and workshops, and funding towards implementing Superfast Broadband.

To find out more please call Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber.

Contact: None
Telephone: 02476 654 321
Email Address: None
Website: Open Website

Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit looking for farmers

The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit aims to quantify which management practices work best to improve carbon storage in soil.  The project, which has been kindly funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, will allow for much needed data to be collected on soil carbon sequestration whilst at the same time enabling farmers to play a positive role in the development of effective climate change mitigation mechanisms.   For further information please contact Becky Wilson.

Contact: Becky Wilson
Telephone: 01579 372376

Free on-line training courses on a huge range of subjects

Future Learn is an on-line portal that offers free of charge training courses in a huge range of subjects including the environment and business management. The courses are run by leading universities and specialist organisations from the UK and further afield and typically require a commitment of approximately 4 hours/week for 3 – 6 weeks, all from the comfort of your own home. At the end of the course there is opportunity to purchase a certificate at the end of the course.
To view the range of courses and register your interest visit the website below.

Website: Open Website

Register to be notified when superfast broadband is available

The extension of the fibre broadband network through the CSW Broadband project is going well, with many communities that could never have hoped to achieve superfast speeds under the commercial providers’ programmes now connected to the information superhighway.
All residents interested in learning when superfast broadband is available in their area are urged to register their details with the project by completing the form at:
The site also contains a wealth of information about the rollout of superfast broadband, along with a checker map that goes right down to property level!

Get advice on pesticide safety

April is the beginning of the sowing and spraying season and these activities present their own safety risks. If you are using pesticides check the Health and Safety Executive’s code of practice for advice on how to take precautions when storing, handling, using, keeping records and disposing of pesticides and pesticide waste at

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Calling All Warwickshire Businesses – Want to Save Money By Recycling?

Warwickshire County Council offers commercial waste and recycling services at the majority of its household waste recycling centres across Warwickshire.
For more information or to apply for a recycling permit please visit the website below or to purchase bags or to use the pay-as-you-throw service please visit the recycling centre.

Website: Open Website

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FAS is on Twitter. Follow them on @DefraFAS for up-to-the-minute updates on publications, events and industry information.
Alternatively you can subscribe to the free FAS Newsletter. To receive further copies of the FREE FAS newsletter which is provided every two months, please call the number below or send an email with ‘Register for newsletter’ in the subject line.

Telephone: 0345 345 1302

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