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Welsh Farming after Brexit

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The Welsh Government are consulting on the proposals for a planned, multi-year transition and seeking views on:-

  • a new land management programme consisting of an Economic Resilience scheme and a Public Goods scheme.
  • how the specific schemes that will deliver the support should be designed.

Please visit the Welsh Government website for the Consultation document, Summary leaflet and details of Open meetings with Welsh Government staff throughout Wales during September & October 2018.

Submit your comments by 30/10/18 in any of the following ways:-

  • online form
  • download/complete a form & return by email
  • download/complete a form & return by post

Details of each method are to be found on the WG website.


Sustainable Production Grant – Window 4

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Expressions of Interest for the 4th Window of the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) opened on 03/09/18 and will close at midnight on 26/10/18. The grant provides a maximum 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified to support farmers to address nutrient management and safeguarding and improving water, soil and air quality by reducing pollution.

  • the maximum grant award is £50,000
  • the minimum grant award is £12,000

Applications are to be made via your Rural Payments Wales (RPW) on-line account. A general rules booklet and full list of eligible capital items are available on the Welsh Government website.

Eligibility for the SPG requires a partner in the business to attend a ‘Sustainable Farming Roadshow’ organised by Farming Connect. Please click here for a list of dates and venues throughout Wales. Booking is mandatory – please call 08456 000 813 to book a place at one of these events.

 


Farm Business Grant – 5th Window

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Expressions of Interest for the 5th Window of the  Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open on  06/08/18 and close at midnight on 05/10/18. It will provide farmers in Wales with a 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to farm enterprises. The minimum grant available is £3,000 and the maximum is £12,000.

Applications are to be made via your Rural Payments Wales on-line account. A full list of  eligible items linked to animal health, genetics and performance; crop management; energy efficiency; resource efficiency and ICT  are available on the Welsh Government website.

The key requirements is that  the farm must have registered with Farming Connect before submitting an application, and that a partner/director in the farming business must attend a Farming for the Future Roadshow organised by Farming Connect, as listed on the FC website. The dates for this round of Roadshows are as follows:-

21/08/18 – Glasdir, Plas-yn-Dre, Llanrwst, Conwy LL26 0DF

23/08/18 – The Quinnell Lounge, Parc y Scrlets, Llanelli SA14 9UZ

30/08/18 – Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth wells LD2 3SY

This will be your LAST OPPORTUNITY to attend one of these events which is a mandatory requirement to express an interest in the scheme

 

If you would like further assistance with your application, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516.


Winter Update

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Please click here to access the Welsh Government’s Winter Update giving the latest information on a range of agricultural and rural issues for farmers and stakeholders.


Glastir Advanced Renewals

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Glastir Advanced (GA) Contracts that commenced in 2013 and 2014 may be offered a ‘renewed’ contract (until 31 December 2019) after their 5 year contract period has expired. No Capital Works will be included in the renewed contracts, and certain options will be removed, added or upgraded.

Further details are available on the Welsh Government website , including a FAQ guide.


Glastir/Glastir Advanced Capital Works

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Please remember that all 2017 Capital Works listed in your Glastir Advanced Contract have to be completed by 31 December 2017 and claimed via your RPW online account no later than 28 February 2018. Any outstanding works items (scheduled for completion between 2013 and 2015) should be undertaken, completed and claimed for before the end of your contract, but these will not be paid.

If you require further assistance with your online claims, please contact us here at CARA and we’ll be pleased to help!


BPS 2017 Payments Exchange Rate

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Euro exchange rate has been set for calculating 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments.

BPS payments for Wales are set in Euros and then converted into sterling and the rate, an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set in September, will be:-

€1 = £0.89470

In 2016, the exchange rate for BPS was €1 = £0.85228

In 2015, the exchange rate for BPS was €1 = £0.73129


£40m Small Grant Scheme

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A £40m scheme will be available to farmers to help them reduce their carbon emissions and to improve their resilience and competitiveness, including through diversification. It will distribute financial support of up to £12,000 at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. Farmers across Wales will be able to invest in around 80 items linked to:

  • Animal health, genetics and performance
  • Crop management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Resource efficiency
  • ICT.

The first application window is expected to open from April 2017 and further advice and guidance on how to apply will be made available here and as well as on the Welsh Government website.


Farming Connect

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Welsh farmers can access a wide range of support available through Farming Connect. With accredited training, discussion groups, mentoring, advisory service and much more, there has never been a better time to benefit from business support and/ or technical advice. Many services are fully funded, others are subsidised by up to 80% to a maximum of €1500.

For details of how to register and information on eligibility criteria, visit the Farming Connect website or call their Service Centre on 0845 000 813.

 


Benchmark Cost of Production

Friday, May 24th, 2013

We produce benchmark data for all categories of farm, and customers find it to be one of the most useful pieces of data produced. The results of benchmarking allow farm businesses to identify areas of weakness and opportunity.

If you are interested in becoming part of the benchmark, contact us. All data is collected by our own farm recorders, using Farmplan software. An annual report is given, with the benchmark data and advice on areas to examine. The cost of this service depends on enterprise size, but offers fantastic value for money, and a proper business MOT.