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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.

 

Future Farming Resilience Fund providers

Organisation Contact Phone Coverage Sector
ADAS resilience@adas.co.uk 03301 755839 England Any sector
AHDB FarmBusinessReview@ahdb.org.uk 0247 5189300 England Grazing livestock & Cereals
Berrys will.davies@berrys.uk.com 07469858749 Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Derbyshire. No particular sector
Brown & Co defraffr@brown-co.com 01480 598875 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. An emphasis on tenants, older farmers and those under financial pressure.
Bury Beet Group jamiegwatkin@btinernet.com 01284386111 Suffolk and Norfolk Arable and sugar beet
Ceres Rural  sebastian.murray@ceresrural.co.uk george.badger@ceresrural.co.uk 01865790790 Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Norfolk. Arable
Devon County Council linda.wilson@devon.gov.uk  charlotte.molyneux@devon.gov.uk 01392383000 Devon and Somerset No particular sector
DJM Consulting helen@theruralbusiness.co.uk 01746714089 Shropshire, West Midlands, South Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire No particular sector
JH Agri Consultancy jhadwin@jhagriconsultancy.co.uk 07739176667 Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Northumberland Livestock
Kite Consulting jennie.moore@kiteconsulting.com 01902854797 England Dairy
Landworkers Alliance jyoti.fernandes@landworkersalliance.org.uk 07875849754 England Horticulture, dairy, SME meat, mixed farming
Laurence Gould Partnership keith@laurencegould.com 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 kathryn@nwauctions.co.uk 01539566222 Cumbria, North Lancashire, North Yorkshire Livestock
Natural Enterprise graham.biss@naturalenterprise.co.uk 01983296244 Isle of Wight No particular sector
NIAB elizabeth.stockdale@niab.com 07957966802 Wessex and Cotswolds Arable
Promar International sandra.callwood@genusplc.com 07971 118688 England Dairy, Beef and Sheep
Ricardo-AEA Ltd ffrf@ricardo.com 01235 753530 England No particular sector
RSK ADAS Limited resilience@adas.co.uk 03301 755839 England Any sector
SRUC neil.carter@sac.co.uk 07825 781347 England Any sector
The Prince's Countryside Fund project@countrysidefund.org.uk 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

More detail on 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.
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 report on their business including benchmarking and an action plan Financial resilience planning. Improve productivity through greater awareness of the better management of soils. Focus on best practice on sugar beet production. Improving Natural Capital & ecosystems. Carbon capture and storage. Business diversification.
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.

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

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