Apply Now For Tesco Future Farmer Foundation

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The Tesco Future Farmer Foundation is looking for young people in UK & Irish farming who are keen to develop a successful future in agriculture.

Running from 19 June until 29 September 2017, the programme is available for those aged between 20 and 35 from all farming sectors, and aims to help in four particular areas:

  • Business Skills Workshops with leading experts to help get to the grips with the financial, business and life skills needed to succeed.
  • Supply Chain Events including visits to leading food, farming and retail businesses to help build knowledge of supply chains across a host of different sectors.
  • Business Mentors with the skills and experience to help guide you towards your goals.
  • Training Bursary with funding available for further technical or business training.

The aim of the programme is to inspire and develop the next generation of growers and producers and more information, as well as the application form, can be found HERE.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Window for New Farm Business Grant Soon to Open

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Wales Rural Development Program have released the dates for the expression of interest in the new Farm Business Grant Scheme. The window will open on 2nd May and will close 30th June.

The Farm Business Grant Scheme will offer grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to the successful applicants, in a bid to improve the farmer’s performance in Wales, and provides up to 40% funding towards investments in capital and machinery that have a clear and significant benefit to the farm.

The key areas for investments are cattle, sheep and pig equipment, crop management equipment, energy efficiency and many more.

There are conditions for those looking to apply which, along with more information, can be found here.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Reminder for those claiming under Glastir Small Grants Scheme

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Participants under the Carbon theme of Glastir Small Grants Scheme have until 31st March 2017 to complete works and submit their claims online.

Claims need to be submitted via the Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online facility. Geotagged photographs will be used to validate the claim showing the project location before the commencement and after completion of the Works.

Further information is available on the Welsh Government website here.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

New Small Grant Scheme for Welsh Farmers

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The new tax year brings some good news for farmers as the Welsh Government has announced it has earmarked £40 million for a new Small Grants Scheme in Wales to “help farmers transform their business”.

The scheme will be part funded by the Rural Development Programme, and will offer support over a 4-year period for up to 40% of eligible costs in the following areas:

  • Animal health, genetics and performance
  • Crop management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Resource efficiency
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The maximum grant will be £12,000 and around 80 items will qualify as eligible costs in the relevant categories.

It is hoped the scheme will enable farm businesses to be more competitive, whilst being more efficient, more diverse and environmentally aware.

The move is linked to the Welsh Assembly’s 5-year programme of “Taking Wales Forward”, and is expected to be open for applications in April 2017.  Further details will be available shortly on the Government website.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Help at Hand to Improve your Internet Connection

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Farmers and Farm Businesses across the country are being encouraged to take advantage of the government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

The scheme is managed by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and offers subsidies for installation and equipment required for a basic broadband service, up to the amount of £350.

The subsidy can be applied for until December 2017. For more information on the scheme or to apply, visit The Department for Culture, Media and Sport online.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Funding For Organic Farmers In Wales

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Organic Farmers in Wales are able to apply for financial support from the Welsh Government in recognition of the environmental services they provide.

The Glastir Organic scheme will operate as a stand-alone, while any voluntary options can be integrated within the other Glastir schemes. It is specifically aimed at environmental goods and services which:

  • Combat climate change
  • Improve water management
  • Maintain and enhance biodiversity.

The Glastir Organic scheme closes on 4th November 2016 and more information can be found online on the Welsh Government website.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Big UK interest in Dairy Aid scheme

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The Rural Payments Agency has revealed that over 1,800 UK farmers have applied for the EU’s Dairy Aid Scheme.

The voluntary scheme will pay producers the equivalent of 12.2p per litre to cut production over the next three months. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the milk supply across Europe and restore balance to the market which will in turn stabilise prices.

Over the course of the coming week, the EU Commission will verify figures from all member states and work out the funding to cover all the applicants for the scheme which will run from 1 October to 31st December.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

 

Apply Now For Glastir Small Grants

iStock_44933184_XXLARGE.jpgFarmers and landowners in Wales are can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 towards capital expenditure aimed at reducing carbon emissions, easing flood risks and other means of expanding Wales’ biodiversity.

The Welsh Government have ear-marked £1.5million under the Glastir small grants scheme to help those in the farming industry who want to help tackle problems relating to climate change and water management.

The first applications are invited between 27 June and 29 July 2016 and will be focussed on carbon saving by supporting related projects such as tree or woodland planting or hedgerow maintenance.

If you have a project in mind which might be covered by the above criteria, you will need firstly to complete an expression of interest on-line by visiting Rural Payments Wales.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Rural Development Capital Grants

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The deadlines are now approaching for some of the Rural Development capital grants.  These may be available if you are developing your business through improved efficiency, through food manufacturing,  adding value to woodland or looking to form a consortium to improve your natural environment, Follow the links to find out more.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Government Backed Loans

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Has the bank turned you down for a loan? The Government has set up a scheme called the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. The loans are available through the main high street banks but come with a 75% guarantee from the government. The borrower is still liable to pay back 100% of the loan but the bank may lend to applicants who do not have security available. More information can be found here.

Here are a few of the key points:

  • The guarantee is available to many types of business
  • Agriculture type businesses are usually offered a maximum of £100,000 over 5 years or £50,000 over 10 years
  • The business must be in the UK
  • There is a 2% annual charge paid to the government annually on the reducing balance of the loan.
  • The lender still needs to be happy with the applicants business plan and ability to service the repayments

If you need help with an application and or the business plan here at Green and Co we offer this service to a number of our clients.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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