Agricultural Policy

DPJ Foundation offer free mental health awareness training

The DPJ Foundation has set up new free Mental Health Awareness Training sessions to be delivered on-line throughout November. The training is fully funded by the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund: Wales as part of a programme that aims to help Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations to continue to provide mental health services during this pandemic.

The training is for anyone who works/lives in the agricultural sector or works directly with farmers in Wales. It will appeal to farmers, farmers’ partners and those in farm facing roles such as vets, feed reps, tanker drivers, salesmen and women and animal welfare inspectors. Participants will receive a resource pack after the training to help them put the training into practice.

The training will cover:

Express an interest for funding towards controlling antimicrobial resistance

The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has allocated £4 million of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) budget towards controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and the environment.

The expression of interest window opened on 5th October and will close on 16th November 2020. See here for more information and to express an interest.

Welsh Government’s approach to AMR is to adopt the principle of prevention rather than cure and applications for this funding must demonstrate how they will contribute to the objectives set out in the Five Year Implementation Plan.

This announcement coincides with the first annual review on the work of the Animal and Environment AMR Delivery Group.

Time is of the essence when faced with a notice to quit

Tenant farmers are being warned to act quickly if they receive a Notice to Quit from their landlords.

The alert comes from Eifion Bibby of Davis Meade Property Consultants who has been advising FUW members who have received such communications.

It is essential that tenants take advice immediately upon receiving a notice to quit as there will be a limited time - sometimes, for instance, just a month - to take action, such as by serving a counter notice, where appropriate.

There have been circumstances arising where tenants have unnecessarily lost their tenanted rights by not acting rapidly.

For more information contact Eifion Bibby at the Colwyn Bay office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01492 510360, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New logos to protect names of GI food products from 1 January

Food products with European Union Protected Food Name (EUPFN) status will be given new logos from the 1st January 2021 under a new UK ‘Geographical Indication’ (GI) status.

Wales currently has 16 protected food and drink products with EUPFN status including Caerphilly Cheese and Welsh Lamb which are recognised for their unique qualities by consumers across the World.

There are three UK GI logos which mark each designation of geographical indication including; Protected designation of Origin (PDO); Protected geographical indication (PGI) and Traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG).

Registered producers of these GI products will have until 1st January 2024 to change packaging over to the new UK GI logos.

Grants available from The Prince’s Countryside Fund for rural community projects

Across the UK, projects which work towards creating resilient rural communities can now apply for grant funding of up to £10,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).

Since its establishment in 2010, the PCF has awarded over £10 million to more than 350 projects, including £120,000 worth of grants to 62 rural communities to tackle the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously funded projects can be viewed here.

Applications can be made by completing a short eligibility questionnaire and an application form here: https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

Applications close on 3rd November 2020 at midday and projects must be completed by 31st March 2022.