Agricultural Policy

Latest guidance for farmers on public right of ways

Since the beginning of the covid pandemic, access to the countryside and the use of public footpaths has been high on the agenda and was highlighted in the first letter to UK Secretary of State George Eustice and Welsh Minister Lesley Griffiths on 23 March.

Welsh Government therefore enacted the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 on 27 March which enables Local Authorities to close footpaths which are deemed as high risk. This has been enforced in some areas of Wales as required and up to date lists of the closed footpaths can be viewed here.

In addition, Welsh Government have created guidance explaining the legalities and advice for farmers who are responsible for public footpaths. Please click here for the Welsh Government footpath guidance.

The FUW has produced appropriate signs for members to use which can be obtained through email from your local county office and we continue to discuss these matters with Stakeholders amongst the Access Reform Advisory Group.


HSE guidance on keeping children safe during lockdown

With the closure of schools across the country during the coronavirus pandemic and the likelihood of children being at home on the farm for some time, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling on the farming industry to keep children safe.

Most children who are killed or seriously injured in farm incidents are family members. The advice from the HSE includes:

  • Children should not be allowed in the farm work place. Young children should enjoy outdoor space in a fenced area
  • Any access to the work area by children under 16, for example for education, knowledge or experience, should be planned and fully supervised by an adult who is not engaged in any other work activity
  • Children under the age of 13 years are specifically prohibited from driving or riding on any agricultural machinery

Farms are full of many hazards such as vehicles, machinery, large animals, lagoons, dusts and chemicals. Children should not be in contact with any of those unless the risk of injury or bad health is carefully managed and controlled as per the above.

Further information on keeping children safe on farms is available here.

Have your say on how extreme weather events are affecting agriculture

A study being undertaken by Harper Adams aims to examine whether extreme weather events are affecting agricultural practices within Welsh livestock enterprises. The study also seeks to examine whether the support given by the Government is efficient in helping farmers deal with these issues.

Interested members should fill out the survey which is available in both Welsh and English and is open until 14th May.


Entries and nominees are now open for the British Farming Awards

The closing date for entering the British Farming Awards is June 26. Further information is available here.

There are a number of different awards including sheep, beef or dairy innovator of the year, family farming business of the year and farm worker of the year.


Expression of Interest Window Dates

Scheme Summary Window Close
SAF Deadline Extension

The SAF deadline has now been extended to 15th June 2020 and all subsequent deadlines which follow will also be extended by a month, including for submitting supporting evidence.

Please be aware that the BPS ‘land at your disposal’ date remains 15 May 2020.

15 June 2020
BPS Transfer of Entitlements

You can now transfer BPS entitlements through sale, lease or inheritance via your RPW online account. The recipient of entitlements transferred by sale or lease must meet the Active Farmer requirements (see SAF Rules for details).
Due to the covid pandemic, the deadline has been moved from 30 April to 15 May 2020.

15 May 2020
BPS Greening Requirements

The three crop rule crop diversification requirements for the 2020 BPS year will no longer apply. Seed receipts need not be submitted however Ecological Focus Area requirements remain in place.

The system cannot be changed at this late date to stop warnings appearing on the SAF when the three crop rule is not met - a message will therefore appear and can be ignored.

Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators

Due to the covid pandemic, RPW have confirmed that the deadline for Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators capital works has been extended to 30 September 2020 so that work can be conducted in September after the hedge cutting closed period.

30 September 2020
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC)

The 9th Expression of Interest window is now open for the GWC scheme.
The scheme provides financial support for capital works including planting, fencing and in certain circumstances, annual maintenance and premium payments.
You must contact a registered planner to discuss your proposals and they must then complete and submit an EOI on your behalf.
The land put forward to be planted must be registered with the Rural Payment Wales Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) and be under your full management control.
See here for further information and to express an interest.

12 June 2020
Sustainable Production Grant Applications

If you are required to submit a full Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) application and are struggling to complete the paperwork, for example the three quotations for work, as builders aren’t visiting farms or consultants are delayed to undertake nutrient management plans, RPW have stated that “the current advice is that farmers should continue to submit their applications. If you are unable to submit all of the documentation required, you should notify the RPW Customer Contact Centre immediately”.

Farming Connect Funding for Training Application Window

The next funding application for training will open on 4 May and close on 26 June 2020.

Those registering for the first time in order to apply for a funded training course or update their account details should contact Farming Connect before 5pm on 22 June 2020.

4th May - 26th June 2020
Dŵr Cymru Pesticide Scheme

Dŵr Cymru have relaunched their free and confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme for farmers, growers, gamekeepers, foresters and land managers to safely dispose of any wanted or out of date pesticides and herbicides.
See here for further information on how to register.
Participants that took part in 2019 can take part again in 2020 and dispose of 30L/Kg of eligible products for free.

Extended to 29 May 2020