1. Agriland RSS

    CropTec seminar to return this November

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland With growers in the midst of a tumultuous time in British farming, this year’s CropTec Show seminar programme will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future. Now in its ninth year, the CropTec Show will take place at the East...
  2. D

    The three strands to ELMS

    Under current proposals, the total ELMS budget will be split three ways: 1)The Sustainable Farming Initiative. 33%. Support for individual farmers to deliver ‘public goods’. 2)Local Nature Recovery. 33%. Collaborative projects between groups of farmers. 3)Landscape Recovery. 33%. To all...
  3. Farm Business RSS

    Soil health and regenerative techniques to take centre stage in this year’s CropTec Show seminars

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business With growers in the midst of a tumultuous time in British farming, this year’s CropTec Show seminar programme will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future. CropTec’s acclaimed seminar programme returns for 2021 with a focus...
  4. MX7

    Why doesn’t the NFU press office take part onTFF?

    As above ???? Shows a sign of weakness to me as the NFU is representing farmers.
  5. MX7

    Which farming organisations do “DEFRA” liaise with?

    I see Janet Hughes has being interacting with TFF which is great. That said, I am interested to know which farming organisations DEFRA work with,to find out if the schemes DEFRA advisers come up with are actually practical, realistic, and “Financially Viable”. As I fear some of the staff that...
  6. Steevo

    Will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme? - 21/09/21

    Quick poll following on from Janet Hughes Q&A yesterday. Based on your current understandings of the scheme today, will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme? Poll will close in 10 days
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    Janet Hughes

    Hi Janet, thank you for the reply to my question. I can’t reply as the thread is shut for some reason so I’ve started this thread. Your reply was: ‘’Hello - thanks for your question :) We're not planning for Red Tractor or any other assurance scheme to police environmental schemes on our...
  8. topground

    DEFRA Q&A Janet Hughes

    In her last post on the Q&A session tonight @JanetHughesDefra wrote:- Thanks very much everyone for such a wide range of questions - we've not quite answered them all but I hope I and my team have done them justice! Let us know what you think, if this has been helpful we'll be happy to do this...
  9. onthehoof

    Movement breach

    Had an email today to say I will be fined 3% of SFP for movement breach after inspection found I had sent sheep to Newark in January 2020 and not recorded the movement. Now I didn't sell any sheep in Jan 2020 and never sold any sheep at Newark ever! How do I sort this mess out?
  10. Clive

    Fert prices vs fallow ?

    So at what price point for N do you fallow your farm ? early bought N which seemed expensive at the time now looks cheap, how about selling it on and taking a year out ?
  11. Janet Hughes Defra

    LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

    Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers. Today (20 September) between 7pm-8pm, I and some of my...
  12. Steevo

    Farmers don’t want to be full time hedge-trimmers

    Farmers don't want to become full-time hedge trimmers Farmers are desperately keen to help the environment, but they can't become full-time conservationists just to qualify for funding JAMIE BLACKETT17 September 2021 • 5:00pm Environment Secretary George Eustice must be relieved that formal...
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    ELMS Fiasco

    Given what we know of Defra it goes without saying that this whole ELMS project is going to end up a right fiasco with endless delayed payments, endless queries, & intrusive inspections, surely for the first few years it would make far more sense to continue with the SFP but have it restricted...
  14. GOV.UK RSS

    National Audit Office Report on Future Farming

    National Audit Office Report on Future Farming Written by Defra Press Office Today the National Audit Office has published a report on Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme. The report focuses specifically on the management and delivery of the Environmental Land Management...
  15. Farm Business RSS

    The Environmental Land Management scheme

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Core elements of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) new environmental grant schemes for farmers are not yet in place, increasing the risk to the initial roll out planned for 2022. Under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy...
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    Soil health strategy

    Green peer Natalie Bennett has received House of Lords support for an amendment to the Environment Bill, which would require Government to set targets for soil health alongside those already in place for air and water. Proposal supported by some well known figures including Lord (Don) Curry...
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    Thoughts on loosing BPS and replacing with ELMS?

    What are people’s thoughts and what are you doing to get ready for the change
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    Warham Camp, Norfolk

    Warham Camp is an excellent example of an Iron Age fort. Free entry, great place for an educational wander and a picnic. On top of being a scheduled monument, it is also a SSSI specifically due to the tightly grazed chalk grassland and the rare flowers and butterflies that thus thrive. In...
  19. James691

    Tenant farming costs, complete newbie basic questions

    Apologies for asking VERY basic questions and I am reading at the same time but could I get an idea of what it may cost for farmland in Lancashire for grazing. I've seen some figures bouncing about £100/per acre... but no one states what time frame this is, per week, month or year?? I'd be very...
  20. Clive

    New SFI Capital grants on used machinery etc

    In the recent DEFRA q&a with Janet Hughes we discussed a members question that asked why capital grants were only available on new equipment when most farmer bought used Reason given was it was very difficult to set a mechanism that wasn’t potential open to abuse from dealers etc (or how do you...