We are looking for farmers in the Cotswolds/Wessex areas to take part in a series of workshops on the impacts of changes to direct payments, exploring options for farming system change and developing change management skills.
The challenges caused by COVID-19, extreme weather events and the forthcoming changes to agricultural support may result in many farmers in England needing to adapt their business models and carefully consider options for the future. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Future Farming Resilience Fund will provide support to farmers and land managers as they prepare for the agricultural transition.This project will provide information, tools, advice, and support for farming businesses throughout this period of change. The programme will run until 28 February 2022.
The focus of the project is to provide each farmer with a toolkit to plan, implement then monitor changes at small-scale before acting to roll-out change across the business, and to facilitate the use of the toolkit on-farm, whilst also ensuring that it is in good shape for wider roll-out.
The initial workshops will allow farmers to quantify the business impacts of direct payment reductions and explore options for change. 50 attendees at the workshops will have the opportunity to register for 1-to-1 change support visits from the NIAB and TAG-Consulting agronomy team to take place in December 2021/January 2022.
Workshops were held in November 2021 in Gloucesteshire, Somerset and Hampshire with follow-up workshops to be held in February 2022.
If you were unable to join one of the November meetings and would like to be involved, join our online workshop. While it is not necessary to pre-register, we would appreciate it if you would.
29th November 1.30pm-4.30pm.
Meeting ID: 874 9784 0465 : Passcode: 719715
Each workshop is limited to 40 attendees.
Location: The Alliston Centre, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JR
Workshop 2: 9th February 2, 8.30am-12.30pm
Location: Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8BJ
Workshop 2: 10th February 2022, 8.30am-12.30pm
Location: Hawk Conservancy Trust Visitor Centre, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY
Workshop 2: 11th February 2022, 8.30am-12.30pm
For more information email mary.mcphee [at] niab.com (Mary McPhee).