|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:
|Free & Confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme 2021||
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is once again running their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme in 2021.
This scheme is part of the PestSmart project and offers farmers, growers, gamekeepers, foresters, and other land managers the opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted, out of date or unlicensed pesticides and herbicides for free.
Click here to register.
|31 May 2021|
|Farming Connect Training Window||
The next funding application window for training will open on Monday, 3 May until Friday, 25 June 2021.
Those registering for the first time during the above skills window in order to apply for a funded training course or need to update their account details, please contact Farming Connect before 17:00 Monday 21 June 2021.
More information can be found here.
|3 May - 25 June 2021|
|Farm Business Grant - Yard Coverings||
The second round of the Farm Business Grant - Yard Coverings scheme opened on 18th May and will close on 25th June 2021.
The Farm Business Grant Yard Coverings scheme seeks to support farmers to improve their current infrastructure for yard coverings - covering feeding areas, slurry pits, silage stores etc - where rainwater can be separated.
Local FUW County Executive Officers will be able to explain the scheme requirements to members. FUW staff will not be able to complete the Expression of Interest on behalf of members due to the technical requirements.
Further information and guidance is available on the Welsh Government website.
|18 May - 25 June 2021|
|Glastir Woodland Restoration||
The 9th Expression of Interest window is now open for the Glastir Woodland Restoration scheme.
GWR provides capital works for restocking, fencing and associated operations on sites containing larch and up to 50% non-larch species.
Applicants will have to submit their supporting felling licence or felling licence application when expressing an interest. Welsh Government will not consider any documents that were submitted in a previous GWR window.
See here for further information and to express an interest.
|18 May - 25 June 2021|
|Glastir Small Grants Landscape and Pollinators||
The current window of the Glastir Small Grants Landscape and Pollinators scheme opened on 18th May and will close on 25th June 2021.
The is a programme of capital works available to farming businesses across Wales to carry out projects that will help to improve and maintain traditional landscape features, and provide habitat linkage for pollinating insects.
Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website.
|18 May - 25 June 2021|
|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
Further information can be found here.
|Nuffield Farming Scholarships||Applications for the 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are now open.
Successful applicants tend to be from those working in farming, food or horticulture and are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.
Further information and details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.nuffieldscholar.org/
|31 July 2021|
Ahead of the 2016 Welsh Senedd elections, the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) warned of the unprecedented challenges facing the incoming Senedd Members and Government. Since then those challenges have not only materialised but been exacerbated and added to.
In the FUW 2021 Welsh Senedd Election Manifesto, the Union continues to be clear that Wales’ family farms lie at the centre of our rural economy, culture and landscape, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of businesses involved in the Welsh food supply industry, and making innumerable other contributions to the well-being of Welsh and UK residents - benefits central to which is the production of food, our most precious commodity alongside water.
Future policies must reflect the need to mitigate climate change and protect our environment but such aspirations must be tempered by the knowledge that sweeping changes that undermine our family farms and food production will merely shift production to countries with lower animal welfare standards and higher global and environmental footprints.
The FUW also remains frustrated about the lack of bespoke Welsh policies regarding future farming scheme proposals and tackling water quality issues put forward by the current Welsh Government, and the distinct feeling that those who govern us from Cardiff Bay are now more remote from and indifferent to our rural communities than ever.