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    Your questions about the Future Farming Resilience Fund

    Your questions about the Future Farming Resilience Fund Written by Andrew Powley © Natural England/Allan Drewitt 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...
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    Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

    Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot Written by Lisa Applin In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot. The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the...
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    Farming Innovation Programme: applications open next week

    Farming Innovation Programme: applications open next week Written by Niall Bradshaw Earlier this summer, we said that we would launch the first competitions of the new Industry-led Research and Development Partnerships Fund in October. I'm pleased to say that we’re on track. The...
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    It’s not too late to get free business advice

    It’s not too late to get free business advice Written by Andrew Powley 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. We...
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    Introducing the Annual Health and Welfare Review

    Introducing the Annual Health and Welfare Review Written by Jonathan Statham In this guest post, Jonathan Statham introduces the Annual Health and Welfare Review. Jonathan is a cattle vet and chair-elect for England’s Animal Health and Welfare Board. He has 25 years of experience in...
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    Catch up on our Landscape Recovery information sessions

    Catch up on our Landscape Recovery information sessions Written by The Team Landscape Recovery is 1 of our 3 new environmental land management schemes. Over the summer, we held some information sessions about the scheme. The sessions were recorded. So, if you weren't able to attend, you can...
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    Answering farmers' questions about the Sustainable Farming Incentive - part 2

    Answering farmers' questions about the Sustainable Farming Incentive - part 2 Written by The Team The Farming Forum recently held a Q&A session with Janet Hughes, Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme Director. Farmers were invited to submit their questions about the...
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    Things we learned about co-design at this summer's agricultural shows

    Things we learned about co-design at this summer's agricultural shows Written by Abigayle Adamson We recently published a blog post about the things we learned at this summer’s agricultural shows which took place up and down the country. At most of those shows, we ran co-design...
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    Our test and learn approach

    Our test and learn approach Written by The Team Although we’ve written about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, we thought it might be useful to provide some rationale for our test and learn approach to designing and rolling out reform. We’ve already set out our long-term plans in...
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    Livestock Demographic Data Group: Cattle population report June 2020

    The Livestock Demographic Data Groups (LDDGs) were formed in January 2014 and are comprised of APHA representatives from data, epidemiology, species expert and GIS work groups. The LDDGs are grateful to British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), IBM and APHA Weybridge Data Systems Group (DSG) staff...
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    Livestock Demographic Data Group: Cattle population report

    Defra Farming submitted a new resource: Livestock Demographic Data Group: Cattle population report - Livestock population density maps for GB Read more about this resource...
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    Introducing the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway

    Introducing the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway Written by Stewart Houston CBE Copyright Natural England/Paul Glendell I come from a pig farming background, although my dad was a joiner in a Tyneside shipyard. I’ve been a member of Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Board for a number of...
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    What we’re learning about collaboration through tests and trials

    What we’re learning about collaboration through tests and trials Written by Esther Rosewarne One goal of Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme is to to help farmers and land managers achieve bigger, better environmental benefits. There’s a lot that farmers can do individually on...
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    Measuring success: the role of self-assessment

    Measuring success: the role of self-assessment Written by Alice Groom This is a guest post written by Alice Groom, a Senior Policy Officer at the RSPB. Farmers can play a critical role in tackling the nature and climate crises, but do they also have an important role in assessing the health...
  15. Defra Farming

    Answering farmers' questions about the Sustainable Farming Incentive

    Answering farmers' questions about the Sustainable Farming Incentive Written by The Team The Farming Forum recently held a Q&A session with Janet Hughes, Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme Director. Farmers were invited to submit their questions about the Sustainable...
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    Things we learned at this summer's agricultural shows

    Things we learned at this summer's agricultural shows Written by Jeeves Sidhu Come rain or shine, members of the Future Farming team enjoyed speaking to you at agricultural shows around the country during the summer. We went along to: Groundswell in Hertfordshire Cereals 2021 in...
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    Farming in Protected Landscapes: ideas for your farm

    Farming in Protected Landscapes: ideas for your farm Written by The Team Are you a farmer with land in or near a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England? The new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will fund projects that support nature recovery, tackle climate...
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    Tests and trials update

    Tests and trials update Written by Louise Maguire We’re happy to share that we are taking forward 31 proposals to develop into new tests and trials. These proposals will help us test and develop the design of Landscape Recovery, 1 of our 3 new environmental land management schemes. Through...
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    The farmers who work in Defra

    The farmers who work in Defra Written by Ben Keene Ben Keene (Left) and Brian Longman (Right) Like most workplaces, staff in Defra come from a variety of different backgrounds. Each brings their own unique experiences and specialist skills to deliver public policy. But one area where Defra...
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