Business Information Point announces free support to help farmers navigate the Agricultural Transition
The move away from Basic Payments over the next 7 years marks the biggest change to agricultural funding in more than a generation and will likely be a concern for many farmers. Instead, the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme which replaces it, will encourage farmers to focus on sustainable farming practices, encourage biodiversity and create new habitats for wildlife.
To help with this major transition, Defra has funded the £9 million Future Farming Resilience Fund, allowing 19 organisations, including Devon County Council to assist up to 9,000 farmers and land managers.
Throughout Devon and Somerset this support is now being offered for free by Business Information Point through a range of local workshops and one-to-one support conducted by their team of experienced agricultural consultants. The aim of the support is to help farmers and land managers understand the impact of reductions to direct payments on their businesses and explore ways to mitigate these reductions as the payments wind down.
After attending an initial information workshop there is the option to access up to three days’ worth of individual, tailored support where their consultants can discuss the impact of the changes and carry out a detailed, independent investigation of all farming and business activities to develop an action plan for the future.
The support is open to any farmers or land managers currently in receipt of BPS payments and will run until the end of February 2022.
For full details of the support and to register on a free workshop please visit the Business Information Point website at businessinfopoint.co.uk/ffr.