Any farmer or land manager who receives BPS in England is eligible for free business advice during the early years of the agricultural transition. The current phase of support will close at the end of August. So far, 6,600 farmers have made use of this free advice. The final phase of support will open in October and will be scaled up.
Andy is a team leader in the Innovation, Productivity and Science division.
His team is responsible for developing Defra’s plan to provide resilience support to farmers in England during the agricultural transition.
One of the ways we’re supporting farmers is through the Future Farming Resilience Fund. Through the fund, independent advisers can provide free business advice to farmers in England. In this post, I’ll share 2 new pieces of information about the fund. The first is a new opportunity for advice providers. The second is a request for farmers to give us feedback on the advice they’ve received through the fund.
The late harvest of last year made it difficult for farmers to apply for free business advice. So, we’ve offered our advice providers an extension of up to 6 months which is when the next phase of support is expected to begin.
Last week I wrote a blog post encouraging farmers and land managers to take advantage of the free business support and advice on offer through the Future Farming Resilience Fund. Some people have been in touch to ask various questions about the fund. I wanted everyone to see the responses, so I thought I’d address them in this blog post.
One of the things we're doing to support farmers and land managers through the agricultural transition is providing free business support and advice, through a project called the Future Farming Resilience Fund. So far, over 1,200 farming businesses have received support, with scope to help many more. In this post, I’d like to encourage more people to access the free advice that's available.
We've named the 19 organisations who will provide free business support to farmers and land managers. In this post, I'll share their details so farmers can get in touch.
In March, I blogged about the Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF). The FFRF provides business support to farmers and land managers to help them navigate the changes that are happening during the agricultural transition. I wanted to give a short update on how this work is progressing.
The Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF) awards grants to organisations so that they can support farmers and land managers who are in receipt of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. Today, (25 March) we’re inviting organisations to apply for funding.
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Funding for Farmers
To leave farming (closing 30 September)
To join farming (trial coming in 2022)
BPS and delinked payments
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England will be replaced with delinked payments in 2024.