Agricultural Policy

Barclays offer £250 million to support farmers in becoming more efficient

Barclays has teamed up with Nigel Owens MBE to launch a new campaign towards raising awareness amongst consumers on the benefits of supporting farmers to become carbon net zero, in line with a £250 million package for supporting Agri-Tech solutions.

As part of their commitment to supporting farmers when investing into Agri-Tech projects, Barclays are training all of their 130 agriculture managers across the UK in sustainability and future agricultural policy.

In order to access help and a loan from the £250 million pot, the farming business must show that the particular project will increase efficiency and sustainability through the use of technology, information or improved infrastructure, such as projects involving carbon sequestration, carbon assessment or soil health.

For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit here.

Reminder of BPS exchange rate for 2020 payments

As a reminder, 2020 Basic Payments will be calculated using the same exchange rate that was applied in 2019 - €1 = £0.89092 - and be paid in sterling only.

In previous years, the Financial Discipline Mechanism was applied by the EU to help manage the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget. In 2019, this meant a 1.43 percent reduction applied to each and every payment, however, this will not be applied in 2020.

The final 2020 payment rates will become available in November once the number of claimed entitlements have been totalled.

Welsh Government webinars for exporters available to watch

The Welsh Government Export Team has produced a set of webinars aimed towards supporting Welsh exports to prepare for the 1st January.

The four key topics include:

  • Brexit - Understanding Rules of Origin
  • Brexit - Working with agents and distributors
  • Brexit - Your exports and Free Trade Agreements, what next?
  • Customs Declarations, post Brexit

More information on these topics can be found here.

These webinars can be accessed via the Business Wales Export Zone or through the Business Wales YouTube channel.

AHDB hosts series of webinars on a changing consumer landscape

The Retail & Consumer Insight team at AHDB are holding a series of webinars during 10-12 November focussing on the changes in consumer attitudes towards key industry issues during the Covid-19 pandemic and how behaviours are expected to change in the coming months.

Host Steven Evans will be joined by AHDB’s sector experts across dairy, fresh produce and red meat to review reputational issues regarding buying local, environment, health and animal welfare, and how they impact consumer demand across each sector.

Liam Bryne, Head of Domestic Marketing at AHDB will also be reviewing the potential opportunities and threats to come as a result of the changes in attitudes over recent months.

For more information and to register, please visit the AHDB website here.

Expression of Interest Window Dates October 2020

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Welsh Government 2020 BPS support scheme

The scheme will pay a loan of up to 90% of the business’ anticipated BPS claim value from 7 December to successful applicants and to those whose full BPS claim is not processed.

RPW will ensure that claimants whose support scheme applications are rejected are prioritised for processing to ensure that everyone receives either a full or support payment as early as possible.

The FUW would urge all Members to apply for the support scheme and to contact local FUW County Staff for assistance if required.

27 November 2020
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Farm Business Grant - Yard Coverings

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.

The scheme will have two windows and offer support of between £3,000 and £12,000.

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 will become available on the Welsh Government website prior to the 9 November.

Farming Connect will also be hosting a webinar on 4 November. Booking is essential but not required to apply for the grant.

9 November - 18 December 2020 (£1.5 million)

Farming Connect: Prosper from Pasture

Farming Connect’s Prosper from Pasture programme is fully funded and will include entry, intermediate and advanced levels for those wishing to learn more about different grassland techniques.
To express an interest and for more information, please click here.

26 November 2020