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Join our webinar for arable and horticultural growers

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On Thursday 29 February, we’re holding a webinar for arable and field horticulture growers in England. In the session, we'll cover the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and the Improving Farm Productivity (IFP) grant. This post includes a link to register for the webinar.

Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024: guidance now available

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The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024 includes 3 grants to help you buy items to improve productivity, manage slurry and improve animal health and welfare. Today, we published the grant guidance on GOV.UK. In this post, I’ll give an overview, include links and share details of an upcoming webinar on 12 March for you to learn more.

A test and trials spotlight: Weald to Waves

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Farmers and land managers participating in Weald to Waves share their experiences of taking part in tests and trials. The test is part of a wider project, led by Knepp Estate, which aims to build a wildlife corridor stretching from Ashdown Forest to the Sussex coast. Along the way, they share with us how they brought together farmers on the route to develop group agreements, management plans and funding mechanisms for the corridor.

Spotlight on updates and additions to livestock and grassland offer

Over the past few weeks, we've summarised the updates to our environmental land management offer by farm type. These posts follow last month's Agricultural Transition Plan update. In this post, we’ll focus on the updated offer for livestock and grassland farmers. 

Landscape Recovery: building long-term agreements

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Landscape Recovery supports large-scale, long-term management of land for the benefit of sustainable food production and the environment. Many of the 22 projects in Round 1 are now halfway through the Project Development Phase (PDP). Our ability to co-design this scheme is founded on open and honest relationships with project teams. In this post, we share a summary of the work to develop long-term agreements.

Webinar follow up: the farming offer in 2024 

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On Friday 26 January, we held a webinar for farmers to go through the actions and payments available through our environmental land management schemes in 2024.  This webinar was held in collaboration with the Farming Advice Service (FAS) and The Farming Forum (TFF).  In this post, I’ll summarise the themes and top-voted questions covered in the webinar with responses and links to guidance.   

Farming Podcast: making SFI work on our upland beef and sheep farm

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In this episode of the Defra Farming podcast, regional engagement lead Michael Sturla talks to Robin and Christopher Milton. The father and son team farm beef and sheep on the Exmoor uplands and have a Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) agreement. They describe their experience applying for an agreement, the actions they're undertaking and the benefits.

Farming in Protected Landscapes: our progress and a spotlight on the 3,000th project

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Since launching in 2021, the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme has funded 3,000 projects across England. Together, these projects have created and improved more than 70,000 hectares (ha) of habitat for biodiversity, planted more than 100 miles of hedgerow, more than 100,000 trees  and conserved or enhanced 300 historic features, buildings and structures. In this post I'll shine a light on the 3,000th project and share details of an upcoming spotlight series.