1. W

    NFU shafts Red Tractor

    The NFU has fully supported the new trade agreements the government has setup as well as fully supported the removal of BPS. At the same time they have also supported the incoming ELMS scheme as well as the SFI pilot. It’s widely acknowledged and even confirmed by some local NFU offices that...
  2. Hutchinsons News

    Event showcases environmental options to âbridge the BPS gapâ

    Event showcases environmental options to âbridge the BPS gapâ The switch from direct support to environmentally-focussed payments presents massive challenges over coming years, but leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons is helping growers plan the best way forward to benefit from the opportunities...
  3. D

    For those farming less than 200 acres.

    Purely for those farming less than 200 acres * please : 1) Have you been invited to be a pilot for the SFI ? Will you be taking up the invitation ? 2) How important are current BPS payments to your business ? 3) From what you know to date, do you see the SFI as being of relevance to your...
  4. Clive

    SFI Pilot questions / thoughts

    I’m sure we are not the only farm on TFF currently trying to understand and prepare an SFI application so I thought a thread to discuss and make sense of options maybe a good idea ? Have to say not finding the help line too helpful so far ! hows anyone else getting on a d what standards /...
  5. F

    Situation Vacant Estate Manager & Business Administrator – Would suit a couple but individual applicants welcome.

    A diversified Estate, situated in Northwest Norfolk is looking for a dynamic and hands on Estate Manager to assist the owner with continued management and growth of the estate. The candidate will be experienced in land management schemes and software as well as being capable of managing an...
  6. D

    Seedtime nor Harvest Shall not Fail?

    ….as it says in the Good Book. But with climate change bringing extremes, how far away are we from a failed harvest somewhere in the world of big enough proportions to severely impact global commodity supplies? Shouldn’t governments be building stocks like the old intervention stores?
  7. Old Tip

    Lack of Small Abattoirs

    The RBST and the Sustainabile Food Trust have been banging on about this issue for a bit. But it seems both the latest food report and George Eustice are missing the point re the important role of small abattoirs to farmers who sell direct or to local butchers. The big companies don’t want the...
  8. D

    RT Coping Strategies

    I have decided to delegate it to the Mrs. so that I can get on with stuff that really is urgent. It feels like weight lifted and she has time and aptitude for it. Is it getting to the point where it would be more cost effective to pay a clerk to deal with it than have to Wade through it...
  9. Steevo

    Future Farming Resilience Fund - more jobs for consultants?

    Seems like DEFRA are planning to make funds available for consultants to advise farmers (yet again!) on how to survive post direct payments. Am I cynical in thinking it's more like a gravy train for consultants...
  10. H

    Farm inspections

    Is it just us or is it everyone . We are being plagued with farm inspections at the moment . We have had 3 different 'concrete ' inspections , I eartag check, 1 passport check and while I'm now sat waiting for another inspector to arrive for a 'guttering and rainwater ' claim I get a phone call...
  11. N

    Farming in Protected Landscapes Grant (FiPL)

    Has anyone looked at this at all? Looks like it is a bit of initial funding to get farm diversification ideas off the ground. Was wondering whether it could be used to get a milk processing plant installed for local sales etc - still thinking...... anyone got any thoughts ?
  12. Hutchinsons News

    Using farm trials to build more sustainable farming systems

    Using farm trials to build more sustainable farming systems Farm trials provide an excellent test-bed for the latest tools and technology in real-world situations, but often results can be considered in isolation, potentially overlooking the complex interactions across farming systems...
  13. CPM RSS

    Climate Change Champions – Enthusiasm for the carbon journey

    Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine Download PDF Newhouse Farm has already accomplished significant progress with its carbon savings and sequestration. CPM visits to find there’s a refreshing air of excitement for what lies ahead. I look at ELMs and I see opportunities. By Tom...
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    Why is it always £70 / acre ?

    The old SFP was stuck in the 90's at £70 / acre or thereabouts. ELMS apparently is £70/ acre Carbon sequestering is, you guessed it.........around £70 / acre. Coincidence ? Or is this the universal figure arrived at behind closed doors that the bigger operators will accept without kicking up...
  15. Chris F

    National Food Strategy

    I see the Nation Food Strategy due out next week has been leaked to the papers. Write up in the Times today. Aims - "break the junk food cycle" Headline - "Free fruit and Veg planned for the poor" Mentions for eating Algae instead of meat. A "meat tax" is not going to be included, but...
  16. milkloss

    I can't believe what I just read! BBC

    In a good way........ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57686365
  17. bobk

    DEFRA Sustainable Farm Incentive

    Is it new , ELMS , CSS , or a combination , another scheme offering lots but producing naff all . :scratchhead:
  18. Cab-over Pete

    How Much Ground Do Agronomists Cover?

    Aye up, Just wondering after 2-3 similar conversations with customers over the last couple of weeks. One of them has an agronomist that looks after around 6000 acres and told him there is no way anybody could look after more and do it properly, but another says his agronomist looks after...
  19. D

    Jobs allied to farming

    Hello, I posted on here before asking about drystone walling as a potential profession to go alongside farming, and I got some really informative responses. Would anyone be able to give me some more advice on other jobs that are related/allied to farming that would be interesting and would...