|Farm Business Grant||
A new Farm Business Grant EOI window will open on 1st September 2021 with a budget of £2 million from remaining RDP funds.
Farmers will be able to receive support to invest in new technology and equipment to improve the farm performance.
Applicants are being asked to ensure that the items are still available to purchase within 120 days if a contract offer is made. If they are not, contact RPW to discuss the issue before accepting the contract.
All items will need to be purchased by the end of March 2022.
Further information can be found here: https://gov.wales/farm-business-grant
|1st October 2021|
|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:
|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.
Farming Connect Training Application Window
The next Farming Connect training application window will open on 6th September and will close on 29th October 2021.
|29th October 2021|
The UK and Welsh Governments announced on 18th August that animal movement rules would be tightened up significantly, despite standards in other countries being far lower than what is already required in the UK. The announcement also confirmed that the new proposals would be introduced alongside a ban on live animal exports destined for slaughter.
This comes weeks after the UK agreed a trade deal in principle with Australia that will allow the importation of vast volumes of food produced from animals that are moved in conditions that would already be completely illegal in the UK.
The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised “in all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards,” however, the UK Government chose not to enshrine those standards in the Agriculture Act 2020, nor in the recent Australia trade deal negotiations which agreed to massively increase tariff free access for Australian beef and lamb with negligible guarantees on welfare standards.
Nearly half of Australia's cattle and sheep live exports travel over 9000 miles by sea under far lower welfare standards than those required in the UK.