|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:
Farm Business Grant (FBG)
The 8th FBG expression of interest window is now open and will close on 9 April 2021. Online forms will be available to complete via RPW Online.
|9 April 2021|
|Transfer of BPS Entitlements 2021||
Farmers can now transfer their BPS Entitlements by sale, lease or via inheritance.
|15 May 2021|
|Basic Payment Scheme 2021 Payments||
All Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2021 payments will be made in sterling.
|Free & Confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme 2021||
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will once again be running their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme in 2021. They intend to open the registration process during April 2021, but in the meantime to find out more and to register for updates, click 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|
The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is urging anyone who wants to see an effective and targeted approach to improving water quality without threatening the viability of farm businesses to contact their local Member of the Senedd (MSs) urging them to vote to annul the recently laid Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations on 3rd March.
Following years of work by stakeholders as part of the Wales Land Management Forum Agricultural Pollution Sub Group and the submission in April 2018 of a report outlining 45 recommendations to Welsh Government, they chose on 27th January to copy and paste 30 year old EU Nitrate Vulnerable Zone rules, rebranding them the Water Resources Regulations.
Despite the fact that even NRW - the principal advisor to Welsh Government on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources - has previously warned that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) approach may have the “perverse outcome” of worsening water quality and supported the 45 recommendations, these new regulations will impose NVZ rules across the whole of Wales.
To summarise, this will include closed periods for spreading fertiliser and slurry, no end of paperwork in regard to nutrient management plans, the production of risk maps including calculations of slurry production and nitrogen content and further the requirement to be able to store 5 months worth of slurry during the 4 month October to January closed period.