1. 7

    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...
  2. Kevtherev

    Where does a predominantly grassland farm fit in with carbon credits

  3. 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...
  4. milkloss

    I can't believe what I just read! BBC

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

    DEFRA Sustainable Farm Incentive

    Is it new , ELMS , CSS , or a combination , another scheme offering lots but producing naff all . :scratchhead:
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. W

    Crops for bedding

    What's people's thoughts on miscanthus for a bedding alternative to straw, cheap and easy to grow and plenty of bulk Any others which would be better?
  9. holwellcourtfarm

    So is this going to persuade you to plant land with trees?

    A summary of the new England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) from S&P 5 things to know about the England Woodland Creation Offer The Forestry Commission has unveiled details of the new tree planting grant scheme – the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) – which aims to to encourage more...
  10. Agriland RSS

    Defra policy update is a ‘missed opportunity’ – TFA

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has conveyed its dismay at the government’s latest policy announcement at the end of June updating the post Brexit Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP). The announcement from the Department of the Environment, Food and...
  11. H

    Scotland to "lead the way" ?

  12. Phil P

    Selling carbon credits

    @Clive can you tell us some more about it? How does it work?
  13. F

    SFI Welfare Scheme to Pay Vets to do Health and Welfare Plans?

    How many Vets out there actually know what happens on a mixed beef and sheep farm? There are a few very good Vets that have carried on doing large animals but most of them are like the farmers they serve getting long in the tooth. This looks to be a great money making scheme for the Vets with...
  14. colhonk


    Now that we do not have to fill the greening part of the bps in.does that mean we can do away with the 5% area of weeds and rubbish we have had to endure all these years?
  15. CPM RSS

    Countryside Stewardship – The ‘brutal’ side of the RPA

    Written by cpm from CPM Magazine As the Government puts forward promises of “trusted advisors” who’ll administer ELMs, CPM talks to farmers in environmental schemes who’ll never trust RPA again. It’s the way the schemes are administered and that the RPA communicates that are all wrong, and it’s...
  16. D

    Moorland and rough grazing ELMS payment

    Defra announced yesterday that there will be a payment under the SFI for 'moorland and rough grazing'. Three questions then: 1) What £/ha does it need to be set at in order for you to continue to manage such ground post BPS ? (don't just say zillions :) ). 2) Should the payment be dependent...
  17. mobileweld

    160 acres arable

    Hello all, I am currently in the position of working a stable job but the opportunity is on the horizon of the small family owned arable farm. I know my way around a tractor but have never actually ‘done’ farming. Is taking it on myself viable? All the machinery is bought and paid for albeit...
  18. Agriland RSS

    Farmers face ‘once-in-a-generation’ decisions to prepare for life after BPS

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Arable farmers are looking at “once-in-a-generation” decisions about the future direction of their businesses as they prepare for life without the safety net of direct payments. Strutt & Parker will be using its Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) calculator at...
  19. jackrussell101

    Miscanthus - carbon sequestration tonnes per ha

    Just watched the latest Harry's Farm episode on YouTube, and he said that miscanthus sequests nearly 30t of carbon per ha per annum. So based on some of these carbon offset exchanges that have sprung up and pay between £30 and £40 a tonne a year of carbon sequested, isn't that nearly £900 a...
  20. Bignor Farmer

    Is Carbon Sequestration Selling Smoke & Mirrors?

    I wasn’t going to post this but the concept has been bugging me since Groundswell last week particularly @Clive telling us that he is already being paid by a company to offset some of their carbon. I’m not against the idea of a new market for agriculture but I don’t believe (perhaps I’m wrong?)...