Agricultural Policy

FUW encourages children to submit farming Christmas card design in aid of charity

Primary school pupils from all over Wales are being invited to enter a Christmas card design themed around farming for the FUW’s Christmas card competition.

The FUW is asking children aged from 4 to 11 to design a Christmas farming scene for its Christmas cards, which will be sold to raise money for the Union’s charity, The DPJ Foundation.

The competition will be split into Welsh language and English language categories. Children can use any media in their entries, such as crayons, coloured pencils, felt tipped pens or paint which must be completed on an A4 sheet of paper and emailed in jpeg format.

The only stipulation is that it must be a Christmas card showing a farming scene.

The winner of each category will receive a £30 gift voucher for themselves, a packet of the Christmas cards depicting their design, one day’s free admittance to the 2021 Royal Welsh Winter Fair to receive their prizes and a £50 cheque for their school.

The closing date for entries is Friday 29th October 2021.

The pupil’s name, age, class number, school name and home address must be included on all entries, which should be e-mailed to Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

Have you taken advantage of your farm safety training discount?

The Farmers’ Union of Wales and FUW Insurance Services Ltd have teamed up with Lantra to bring a special farm safety e-learning course to rural communities.

In 2020-21, 41 people were killed in agriculture and around 12,0001 serious injuries were reported. Every death and injury has devastating and life-changing consequences for individuals, families, businesses, and communities, and nearly all of them are avoidable.

To help address persistently high rates of death and serious injury, Lantra has worked with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop training that is affordable and accessible to every farmer. The new Farm Safety e-learning course focuses on the most common causes of farm accidents, such as:

  • Falls from heights
  • Moving vehicle accidents
  • Crushed or trampled by cattle
  • Contact with machinery
  • Drowning and asphyxiation.

HCC launch educational resources to illustrate the production of Welsh red meat

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recently launched a selection of educational resources for the start of the academic year.

The bilingual resources are aimed for the use of teachers and health professionals to help illustrate how red meat is produced in Wales and the benefits it provides for the environment and public health.

The presentations, worksheets, videos, posters and booklets have been produced by working with educational bodies to ensure that they are relevant for the curriculum of foundation children to Key Stage 4 (GCSE) level.

It is important that the younger generation is taught about where and how their food is produced and for them to understand that red meat produced in Wales is much more sustainable than the figures used on a global scale.

The resources will continually be updated to reflect changes in health and education guidelines and are available to download for free here:

Welsh Government launches Controlled Environment Agriculture project

The Welsh Government has recently launched a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) project with aims to increase the production of food in Wales which uses new technology in such a way that it has a positive contribution towards tackling climate change.

The project will support food businesses to use systems such as hydroponics, aeroponics and vertical farming where growing conditions such as water and light are controlled to maintain optimal crop development.

It will also contribute to the circular economy through the use of renewable energy.

While fruit and crops are difficult to grow in Wales and the land area appropriate for such use is limited, this project will enable producers to increase their output through means that contribute to mitigating climate change.

However, it must be noted that this can only be considered as one tool in the box for maintaining and increasing food production in Wales, contributing to the mitigation of climate change and ensuring that food security is maintained.

BEIS Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently announced that £4 million of the £1 billion net zero innovation fund will be used to support organisations to increase the production of biomass feedstocks in the UK.

A total of 24 projects will receive funding of up to £200,000 each to increase the production of biomass for the generation of green energy, an initiative the UK Government recognises to be part of the answer for tackling climate change.

Biomass materials such as grasses, hemp, timber waste and seaweed can also be used to create chemicals and bio-plastics.

Aberystwyth University has received £160,000 for its Miscanspeed Project which is looking at ways to improve the breeding of high-yielding, resilient Miscanthus or Elephant Grass that are well-suited for biomass production in the UK.

It is hoped that this strategy will reduce the demand for imported biomass products and that the 24 projects will support rural economies and jobs.