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The Future Farming Resilience Fund: access free support

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The Future Farming Resilience Fund is designed to provide business support to farmers and land managers during the early years of the agricultural transition.

It does this by awarding grants to organisations who help farmers and land managers to:

  • understand the changes that are happening
  • identify how, what and when they may need to adapt their business models
  • access tailored support to adapt.

I'm really pleased to share that, as of today, we've awarded grants to 19 organisations so that they can provide the interim phase of this resilience support. (We are taking a phased approach to the support: initial, interim and scale-up. You can read more about our 3-phase approach in my earlier post).

At the bottom of this post, I'll share the details of those 19 organisations, their location and their contact details.

The support will be available, free of charge, from August onwards. Any farmer or land manager currently in receipt of Direct Payments is eligible to apply.

We recommend getting in contact with the organisations early to avoid missing out on this phase, though a further phase of support will be available from 2022.

We'll blog about our progress and share details about how we will further scale-up the support in 2022. To keep up-to-date, subscribe to the Future Farming blog and sign up to Defra’s e-alerts if you haven't already.


Details of the support offered by suppliers

Provider Types of support available Main focus of support
ADAS Individual, confidential farm business reviews and advice. Agricultural transition webinars. Business skills development workshops. A review of your farming business to understand the impact of BPS reductions and how this could be mitigated. You will receive a financial analysis, report and action plan to help identify areas that will help improve sustainability. A review of your farming business to understand the impact of BPS reductions and how this could be mitigated. You will receive a financial analysis, report and action plan to help identify areas that will help improve sustainability.
AHDB 1:1 review using the online AHDB Farm Business Review tool with support from an agricultural consultant and a group feedback meeting. Follow on options for indepth 1:1 support on cost control, business planning and carbon management. Impact of BPS reductions on your farm. Assessment of strengths and weaknesses within the business. Use of accounts and production data to calculate farm performance. Discussion on priorities and actions to take.
Berrys 1-2-1 business advice including a bespoke business report, followed by a face-to-face meeting in order to give business confidence for the future. To provide the business with an understanding of its current performance and how this may be impacted as a result of the agricultural transition. The advice will include a report with financial analysis and follow up actions, with the opportunity for follow up sessions to facilitate lasting change.
Brown & Co On farm 1-2-1 support from an experienced farm business consultant who specialises in your sector. You will receive a report on your business including benchmarking and an action plan. Farmer-to-farmer sharing through group learning sessions. Consultants will support you through business and social change and bring skills from our other departments including land agency and commercial property where required.
Bury Beet Group Farmers will receive a farm business benchmarking service, a natural capital asset snapshot and 1:1 advice with concise bespoke report with action plan. They will have the opportunity to participate in 4 themed seminars: soil management, natural capital, biodiversity and carbon counting, grant funding opportunities to aid diversification and productivity. To provide support & advice to farmers to enable them to benchmark their own businesses within their farm type, size & sector across East Anglia. It will support their planning to implement activities to protect and enhance their farm business natural & economic assets to improve performance and become resilient.
Ceres Rural  LLP A farm visit with bespoke Farm Resilience Report, to help farmers understand the changes taking place and identify how they need to adapt. A review of the whole arable business including crop production, benchmarking, and environmental/grant opportunities to produce practical recommendations.
Devon County Council Information Workshops. 1-2-1 bespoke support. Specialist workshops. Information workshops on the agricultural transition.  1-2-1 support. Bespoke advice include financial diagnostic and an action plan. Specialist workshop on themes such as exiting the farming industry and environmental schemes.
DJM Consulting 1-2-1 strategic on-farm meeting this autumn/winter. Business support through: pre-visit analysis of your accounts and Basic Payment reductions, farm visit by one of our rural business consultants, discussion and production of a tailored Strategic Action Plan including recommendations.
JH Agri Consultancy The JH Agri Consultancy offer is solely based on 1:1 support for beef and sheep farms. This is delivered by James Hadwin of JH Agri consultancy, Rhidian Jones of RJ Livestock systems and Ian Cairns of Agrifood technical services. tbc
Kite Consulting Introductory  webinars. 1-2-1 farm visits and business analysis via on line portal. Farmer group meetings. Follow up virtual meetings. Individual financial analysis, benchmarking and identifying the financial impact from the loss of BPS. Sharing best practice on options to mitigate the impacts. Creating an action plan to make their business strong for the future.
Landworkers Alliance Webinars for farmers on topics covering all aspects of farm resilience mentoring. 1-2-1 advice. A farm resilience toolkit. Films of successful case studies. Farm tours. Peer to peer support networks. Find out how to adopt agro-ecological farming practices plus short supply chains to build sustainable farming systems and financial farm resilience. We use a framework that integrates sustainable production with environmental land management.
Laurence Gould Partnership Group webinars organised in 4 locations across England. 1-2-1 video calls. On farm. visits.  Focus on the impact of the reduction of BPS, looking at on-farm alternatives to replace and generate additional income.
M B Hodgson & Son Limited tbc tbc
Natural Enterprise A programme of meetings, seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 farm appraisals, allowing farmers to engage at different times and levels. Provision of sector information and an insight to the barriers to diversification, benchmarking in practice and technology for efficiency and productivity.
NIAB Workshops (November and February) together with some targeted 1-2-1 visits working with farms to develop detailed case studies Working with arable farmers to develop a farm-specific change plan built from a measured understanding of their challenges, together with workshops to discuss together options for changes in practice.
Promar International Tailored 1-2-1 advice All farms in the dairy, beef and sheep sectors
Ricardo-AEA Ltd The service provides business with access to: 1-2-1 reviews with farm business adviser; Supporting webinars; Online toolbox of resources and support packages. A professional adviser will work with the business to identify a personalised action plan to help maximise profits, identify risks and achieve goals over the short and long term. The webinars and online resources explain the changes coming  with the agricultural transition and provide a toolbox of resources to help businesses ride through this period of change.
SRUC Information webinars - 6 general update meetings about the transition, and 5 more specialist meetings looking in more detail at certain topics. 200 1to1 baseline carbon audits (delivered remotely) - aimed at businesses looking at carbon for the first time, wanting to find their baseline.  Also providing 30 carbon management plan visits (delivered face to face) - aimed at businesses with at least 2 year's worth of carbon audit data already wanting to look at the next step i.e mitigation measures for the next 5-10  years. Update on transition activity, and introduce the subject of carbon to a wider audience. The aim will be to show the role of carbon auditing in a positive light; as a tool to look at business efficiency and demonstrate linkages between good carbon management and farm profitability. Also to show where carbon could fit into future funding schemes.
The Prince's Countryside Fund One business and one environment focussed group workshop (in-person and online available), plus 1-2-1 support, access to a bank of resources, and up to three further optional workshops (topics chosen by farm participants). The Farm for the Future programme is a package of business and environmental support which will help farms to better understand how the agricultural transition will affect the future of their business. It will be delivered in 11 areas across England by local Farm Support Groups.

Future Farming Resilience Fund providers

Organisation Contact Phone Coverage Sector
ADAS 03301 755839 England Any sector
AHDB 0247 5189300 England Grazing livestock & Cereals
Berrys 07469858749 Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Derbyshire. No particular sector
Brown & Co 01480 598875 Hertfordshire, Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Humber, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bucks, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Essex, Kent, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset. Targeting all farmers and farm types including arable, livestock, mixed and roots.
Bury Beet Group 01284386111 Suffolk and Norfolk Arable and sugar beet
Ceres Rural 01865790790 Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Norfolk. Arable
Devon County Council 01392383000 Devon and Somerset No particular sector
DJM Consulting 01746714089 Shropshire, West Midlands, South Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire No particular sector
JH Agri Consultancy 07739176667 Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Northumberland Livestock
Kite Consulting 01902854797 England Dairy
Landworkers Alliance 07875849754 England Horticulture, dairy, SME meat, mixed farming
Laurence Gould Partnership 07968412052 Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surry, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham No particular sector
M B Hodgson & Son Limited 01539566222 Cumbria, North Lancashire, North Yorkshire Livestock
Natural Enterprise 01983296244 Isle of Wight No particular sector
NIAB 07957966802 Wessex and Cotswolds Arable
Promar International 07971 118688 England Dairy, Beef and Sheep
Ricardo-AEA Ltd 01235 753530 England No particular sector
RSK ADAS Limited 03301 755839 England Any sector
SRUC 07825 781347 England Any sector
The Prince's Countryside Fund 07551848892 Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Durham Dales, Peak District, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lincolnshire, Herefordshire, Cornwall. There will also be a virtual group. Dairy, Beef and Sheep

Watch: videos from farmers

We asked 3 farmers who accessed business advice from the Future Farming Resilience Fund in the initial phase to tell us about their experience.

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  1. Comment by Liz Sellers posted on

    Hi, how much has each contractor been paid please? how is their success being measured? I am really interested in how the funding they have won is accounted for and how the impact is going to be measured.
    Thanks for more information- Liz

    • Replies to Liz Sellers>

      Comment by Andrew Powley posted on

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for your interest, and apologies for the delay in replying. Success of the resilience scheme will be measured against the 6 outcomes that we are hoping to achieve, namely that farmers and land managers:

      1. Are encouraged and enabled to become more resilient, competitive, innovative and productive.
      2. Are facilitated to improve their farming business.
      3. Are clear about what the reduction in Direct Payments will mean for their business.
      4. Feel confident to make decisions, and do make decisions, about what to do with their business during the Agricultural Transition.
      5. Feel supported and informed by government during the Agricultural Transition.
      6. Get the mental health and wellbeing support they need.

      An external, independent evaluator will be responsible for evaluating impact, process and value for money of the FFRF. Each provider will return an interim and final evaluation report, along with collecting a prescribed set of metrics, which will help understand intervention effectiveness, and contribute to establishing lessons learned, recommendations and key findings.

      Thanks again,

      • Replies to Andrew Powley>

        Comment by Liz posted on

        So what exactly is the criteria- how is the data gathered, what data is gathered to measure the 6 out come, where can I find it please. This is important as a farmer as my BPS money has been directed to these companies in a fashion and I do not see anything worth the money which has been directed their way as yet - please can I see how much each of the 19 companies has been awarded please or is this a FOI request ?

        • Replies to Liz>

          Comment by Andy Powley posted on

          Hi Liz

          Financial details about individual grant awards are not something we would publish on this blog. However, after the independent evaluation is complete, a report containing this information will be published – we're happy to share a copy of this with you as soon as it's available.

          Funding for this scheme has been allocated as part of the Agriculture Transition Plan and we encourage people to take advantage of the support to help manage the transition and plan for the future.

          Thank you for taking the time to comment. We want our schemes to work for farmers and are keen to listen to views. If you would be interested in being involved in our co-design work, please email

          Best wishes,


  2. Comment by Elizabeth Medcalf posted on

    My family owns and operates a small/medium abattoir in Yorkshire.
    I was directed to the 'Future Farming Resilience fund' after reading comments from within EFRA's 'Moving animals across borders' report.
    The report describes small and medium abattoirs as a strategic national asset and states that they should be supported and bolstered through the Future Farming Resilience Fund.
    Also written - DEFRA should set out and enact its approach to funding the UK abattoir network as a strategic national asset within 6 months.
    Please advise asap how we can access this 'support, bolstering and funding.'
    Many thanks

    • Replies to Elizabeth Medcalf>

      Comment by Andy Powley posted on

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for your comment.

      The Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF) is an initiative to provide business support to farmers and land managers in England to help them prepare for the Agricultural Transition. Any farmer in receipt of BPS is eligible to apply for the Interim Phase and can currently do so. The suggestions from the EFRA report will be considered by Government, but ultimately the FFRF isn’t positioned to provide direct financial support to small abattoirs.

      Defra is currently looking at what future support can be made available to the sector. One such route may be via the Farming Investment Fund, where we are exploring what opportunities there are to support producers through the Farming Transformation Fund, for example, a new mobile abattoir operated by a producer or group of producers. The Farming Investment Fund will not however fund replacement of worn-out equipment or any investment needed to meet regulatory requirements. Further information on the themes and their sequencing will be available following launch of the Fund, expected this month.

      Best wishes
      Andy Powley

  3. Comment by Caroline Williams posted on

    Hi Andy,
    I'd like to get some help planning for mental health in my farm business. None of the organisations above seems to offer that. Can I find my own consultant and get funding for them? Or if not can the consultant join one of the organisations above to link to the funding? Mental health is one of the key objectives but it doesn't seem to feature.

    • Replies to Caroline Williams>

      Comment by The Team posted on

      Hi Caroline,

      Most of the providers only provide business advice - and signposting any mental health and wellbeing support. However ADAS and Kite Consulting are providing support around mental health and wellbeing alongside the wider business resilience advice – so they are worth approaching – the contact details are listed in the post above. Both organisations operate throughout England.

      Best wishes,
      The Team

  4. Comment by Janet Lee posted on

    Who thinks up these schemes? seems to me it is money again going outside agriculture and not much help for working farmers.

    • Replies to Janet Lee>

      Comment by Sarah Stewart posted on

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for visiting our blog.

      Our team (the Future Farming and Countryside Programme) work with farmers and land managers to create a range of offers to suit all farm types.

      Because the changes to farming are significant and there are quite a few new schemes, it's our responsibility to ensure that farmers are equipped with the information and support they need to understand their options and to plan for the future.

      Alongside our engagement activity (going to events, meeting people on-farm and sharing what we're doing on the blog - this isn't an exhaustive list!) we created the Future Farming Resilience Fund.

      Through the fund, government pays agricultural organisations known and trusted in the farming community to give tailored support to farmers. The advisers explain changes that are happening identify how, what and when farmers may need to adapt their business models and access tailored support to help them do so. So, in a very practical sense, this does help working farmers. Around 6,600 farmers have already accessed this support.

      Everything we’re offering contributes to our 3 goals: supporting viable businesses, maintaining food production at its current level, and achieving animal health, welfare and climate outcomes.

      I hope this helps.

      Best wishes,


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