Agricultural Policy

GWCT survey on the control of magpies in Wales

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are collecting data on the extent and range of magpie control in Wales, with the intention to challenge NRW’s consideration that magpie may not be suitable for inclusion on general licences as indicated in their current consultation - ‘NRW’s approach to regulating the shooting and trapping of wild birds and the destruction of eggs and nests’.

All data will be anonymised.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/magpie-control

Expression of Interest Window Dates October 2021

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Farming Connect What’s On

As a result of the pandemic, Farming Connect has taken the decision to postpone all open events and one-to-many events until further notice. They are conducting a number of activities digitally or over the phone where possible.

More information can be found here:
https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/whats-on

 
Farming Connect ICT Programme  Farming Connect is now offering ICT training courses for beginners and intermediate learners.

One-to-one sessions and online workshops are also available on integrating ICT technology into your farm business

To book, please contact Lantra on 01982 552646 or Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

Further information can be found here.
 

Farming Connect Training Application Window

The current Farming Connect training application window will close on 29th October 2021.

Those registering for the first time in order to apply for a funded training course or that need to update their account details, please contact Farming Connect before 17:00 25th October 2021.

More information will be available shortly on the Farming Connect website: https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/

29th October 2021

UK - New Zealand free trade deal on the horizon

Over recent months, the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has raised concerns regarding how the UK - Australia free trade agreement, which aims to liberalise the trading of agricultural goods, will set the precedent for trade deals with other major international countries.

UK - New Zealand free trade agreement negotiations are now ongoing and it is said to increase trade between the two nations beyond the total £2.3 billion in 2020.

It was originally mooted by the UK Government that the plan was to have an agreement in principle in place by the end of September, however, visas for workers, access to agricultural markets and financial services continue to be the key sticking points.

New Zealand has confirmed that they aim to achieve similar market access as the UK offered to Australia by providing access to the UK meat and dairy markets in exchange for New Zealand’s financial services.

It is positive however to note that the noise the agricultural industry made in response to the UK - Australia free trade deal has been recognised and has muddied the waters in negotiations with New Zealand.

FUW welcomes BPS and Glastir contract extensions

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths, that there will be a two year extension to the Glastir Advanced, Commons and Organic scheme contracts and that, subject to sufficient funding being provided by the UK Government, farmers will continue to receive direct payments through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) until 2023.

The Glastir contract extension represents a budget commitment of £66.79m over two years for Welsh farmers. All existing eligible contract holders will be offered an extension via their RPW on-line accounts.

This announcement is welcome news for the farming industry. With tremendous uncertainty surrounding future farm payments and international free trade agreements, this reassurance will provide some stability for the next two years.

Just days before the announcement, the FUW met with Cefin Campbell MS and emphasised the importance of support through Glastir schemes for the 3,000 or so contract holders in Wales who needed clarity on whether they would receive such funding from next year onwards.

FUW appoints new Parliamentary Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Officer

The FUW has recently appointed a Parliamentary Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Officer:

“Hello. I’m Libby Davies, the newly appointed Parliamentary Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the FUW. Originally from just outside Brecon, I have graduated this year from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree in Political Science and International Relations. Although not a farmer myself, farming runs on both sides of my family and I am an active member of Sennybridge YFC. I am looking forward to combining my interests in politics and agriculture in my work for the FUW.

“In my role, I will be liaising with the Senedd and Westminster on behalf of the Union. This will include a responsibility to discuss issues such as Trade Deals, Climate Change and the new Sustainable Farming Scheme. I will also be supporting stakeholder engagement in the counties of Gwent and Glamorgan. If you think I can be of assistance in any way, please get in touch on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld..”