Agricultural Policy

Survey on post-Brexit recruitment strategies for seasonal workers

A dissertation student from Durham University is conducting research on post-Brexit recruitment strategies for seasonal agricultural workers as part of their MSc Human Resource Management studies. Members interested in filling out this survey should visit: https://durhambs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vvcGCFqq3kE4br

 

New Red Tractor Crops Sector chair appointed

Former NFU Deputy President, Guy Smith, has been appointed as the new Red Tractor Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Sector chair, succeeding Laurence Matthews who will come to the end of his second term in November.

 

#Farm24 Online Event returns

The 24 hours in farming event, which is run by the Farmers Guardian and sponsored by Morrisons, will be taking place from 5am 6th August until 5am on the 7th August. Last year’s event saw 114 million twitter impressions.

Members wishing to get involved can use #Farm24 on social media to share information about their farm, help consumers understand where food comes from and the benefits of buying British.

More information can be found here: https://www.fginsight.com/24hoursinfarming/sponsored---24hoursinfarming

New TV series looking for farmers wishing to diversify their farm business


A new STV Productions TV series is searching for farmers who are looking at options for diversifying their farm business and wish to receive expert advice.

The series is set to film towards the end of 2020 into early 2021 and will be hosted by Adam Henson. Interested members should contact the production team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 300 3806.

 

Expression of Interest Window Dates July 2020

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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.

 
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC)

The 9th Expression of Interest window has been extended to the end of July
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 list of registered planners approved to submit an EOI is available here.
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.

31 July 2020
Glastir Contracts

Glastir Advanced contracts whose initial period ends on 31 December 2020 will be offered contract renewals to commence on 1 January 2021.

Glastir Organic contracts whose initial period ends on 31 December 2020 and Glastir Advanced and Commons contracts where their contract renewal period is due to end on 31 December will be offered an annual extension to commence on 1 January 2021.

It is anticipated these contracts will be offered in the autumn.

Autumn
Glastir Small Grants - Water

Glastir Small Grants (GSG) - Water is a programme of capital works available to farmers to carry out projects to improve water quality and reduce flooding.

This window has a budget of £3 million and applications must be submitted via RPW Online.

Successful applicants will need to complete the capital works and submit the final claim by 31 March 2021.

Please contact your local FUW County Staff for assistance with your application.

Further information can be found here.

27 July - 4 September 2020
Farm Business Grant - Window 7

Claims along with supporting invoices and an accountants letter - in respect of contracts with a start date of 29 May - will need to be submitted by the 25 September 2020 via your RPW Online account.

25 September 2020
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