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  1. The Business Barn

    Deadline for Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme approaching

    The deadline for farmers to apply for the new Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is fast approaching – but there’s still plenty of money available. The government-funded scheme is seen as a way for farmers to buy the equipment they need to improve and grow their farms. Farmers can...
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    ‘This Farming Life’ star launches crowdfounding bid for buffalo mozzarella project

    You could get involved... Well known Fife farmer and star of the BBC’s ‘This Farming Life’, Steve Mitchell, has launched a ‘Founders Club’ crowdfunding campaign to turn his buffalo mozzarella dreams into reality. Steve’s ambition is to provide Scotland with its first ever home-produced buffalo...
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    Dessert parlours provide new opportunities for the dairy sector

    A flurry of new dessert parlours across the UK could provide new opportunities for the dairy industry, according to the AHDB. With 92 ice cream parlours opening in the UK last year, new ingredients and innovative products could help the industry gain an advantage. Continue reading here >>>>
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    Cheese by product set to power homes - renewable energy idea

    An English creamery is now using its by-products to create biogas in a new sustainable energy project. Yorkshire cheese producer Wensleydale Creamery will supply whey – which was previously discarded - to a local biogas plant to generate 10,000 MWh of thermal power, enough to heat 800 homes per...
  5. The Business Barn

    UK fruit exports soar highlighting new opportunities for farmers

    New figures have revealed that UK berry exports have reached an all-time high, highlighting untapped opportunities for farmers and food producers as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Last year, British soft fruit producers sold their goods into 34 international markets – a 55% increase on the...
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    Morrisons launch farm apprenticeship scheme

    Morrisons has announced a new £2 million apprenticeship transfer fund this week (9 July) which will be used to train British farmers of the future. Launched at the Great Yorkshire Show, the funding wants to ensure that the industry has enough people trained to meet the UK’s future food needs...
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    Plans announced today for UK’s first food provenance centre

    The UK will be getting its first national centre dedicated to improving transparency in the food and drink supply chain. Farmer-led food provenance group, Happerley England, has today (12 July) announced the plan to deliver increased transparency from farm-to-fork by publicising plans to build...
  8. The Business Barn

    Round two of Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened

    Round two of the RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened today with a total of £15 million available. Administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), this scheme provides funding for farmers in England to purchase equipment to improve on-farm productivity. Key changes...
  9. The Business Barn

    Round two of Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened

    Round two of the RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened today with a total of £15 million available. Administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), this scheme provides funding for farmers in England to purchase equipment to improve on-farm productivity. Key changes...
  10. The Business Barn

    Round two of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened

    Round two of the RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened today with a total of £15 million available. Administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), this scheme provides funding for farmers in England to purchase equipment to improve on-farm productivity. Key changes...
  11. The Business Barn

    Livestock farmers encouraged to apply for the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

    Farmers are being offered free one-to-one business planning advice and group workshops through support from the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme. Applications have just opened for this year’s scheme – now in its fourth year – which focuses on business skills training to help farms make...
  12. The Business Barn

    Don't let the Nuffield Farming Scholarship deadline pass you by

    Deadline looming for 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarships Farmers and those working in the agricultural industry are urged not to miss out on the opportunity to apply for a 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarship as the deadline looms. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s...
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    New insurance policy launched to protect farmers against poor crop yields

    Launched at Cereals this morning... Farmers can now protect themselves against poor crop yields with a groundbreaking insurance policy that will compensate them for production shortfalls. Crop Shortfall Insurance, from rural insurance specialists Lycetts and Farmers & Mercantile Insurance...
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    Energy and Rural Business Show moves to The East of England Arena

    The innovative farm diversification event - Energy and Rural Business Show, will open its doors at The East of England Arena next year. Following the success of the 2019 show in Telford, the event is poised for expansion, to meet the increasingly important need to provide lucrative farm...
  15. The Business Barn

    FREE WEBINAR - Do I need planning permission to start a glamping business?

    If you're thinking of starting a glamping site or are struggling with gaining planning permission for your project, this webinar, taking place on Thursday (6 June), could be of interest. The webinar will broadly cover the requirements for most types of glamping units, including mobile...
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    Is planting a vineyard the way forward - UK named as one of the world's fastest-growing wine region

    The UK wine industry is proving to be one of the fastest expanding wine regions in the world after seeing the biggest planting of vines on record this year. As the industry celebrates English Wine Week and Welsh Wine Week, (Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June) the industry’s trade body Wines of...
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    Overseas research grants on offer to all

    For those looking to combine some travel and research, this could be for you. And for once it's not limited by age or background... A new overseas research grant has been launched this week for those looking for new ways to help strengthen all aspects of rural life in the UK. The Churchill...
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    LEAF launches Farming Fortnight

    Linking Environment and Farming Education (LEAF) is launching a brand-new initiative to inspire young people about farming, food production and the natural environment. Taking place between 3 and 14 June, we think this is a great initiative to help make that connection between food and farming...
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    New Miscanthus variety to launch at Cereals event

    Leading biomass firm, Terravesta is to launch a new rhizome-based Miscanthus variety, ‘Athena’, at Cereals this summer. Said to deliver staggering results in commercial-scale trials, resulting in quicker and higher returns with more than double the energy per hectare, Anthea will be available...
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    Potential changes to residential tenancies in England

    If you let property this could be worth a read.... The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) has warned that finding affordable rural housing is likely to be more difficult under new Government proposals to change the law on residential tenancies in England. For almost 40 years...
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