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Quarantine Units

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

From late Spring 2017, livestock keepers will be able to use Quarantine Units (QUs) to manage their animal movements as an alternative to continuing to adhere to the current 6Day Standstill (6DSS) Rules. All keepers are being contacted to advise them of the new arrangements and to inform them of when they can apply.

The Welsh Government website has updated guidance on how to set up and apply for a QU.


New Event – Life After BREXIT – The Future of Farming 26/04/17

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A free event on the future of farming is being held at Coleg Sir Gar, Gelli Aur Campus on Wednesday 26 April 2017  18.00-20.30

During the evening, Wendy Jenkins from CARA Ltd will join the Panel of Experts in a Q&A Session. There are still spaces available to attend this event- please visit the Life After Brexit website for details of how to book and learn more about the future of agriculture.


Farm Business Grant

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Farm Business Grant guidance The Farm Business Grant (FBG) 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, and only one application will be approved per business during the 4-year lifetime of the Scheme.

The first Expression of Interest window closed on 30 June 2017, and will be followed by one in August 2017 and another in February 2018. A full list of around 70 eligible items linked to animal health, genetics and performance; crop management; energy efficiency; resource efficiency and ICT  can be seen 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 the next round of Roadshows are as follows:-

04/09/17 – Machynlleth

05/09/17- Welshpool

07/09/17 – Brecon

11/09/17- Caernarfon

12/09/17 – Mold

14/09/17 – Nantyffin

18/09/17 – Lampeter

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


Glastir Small Grants – 3rd Window

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 3rd theme window (Landscape & pollinators) opened on Monday 13 March and will close at midnight on 17 April 2017. Although it is called the Glastir Small Grants Scheme, you don’t need to be in the Glastir scheme to apply. However, land parcels that are currently included in a Glastir Advanced Contract are not eligible.

Maximum support of £7,500 per farming business is available during each window, and for this 3rd window supported activities include small scale tree planting, restoration of hedgerows, dry stone walling and orchard tree planting. A full list of main and supporting capital works is available to view on the Welsh Government website.

If you require assistance with your application via the RPW On-line facility, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516.

 


Single Application Form (SAF) 2017

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Single Application Form (SAF) 2017 will be available to complete ONLY via RPW Online from 6th March 2017. The deadline for submitting your SAF, together with all the necessary supporting documents is midnight, Monday 15 May 2017. Any applications and documents submitted from 16 May up to and including Friday 9 June 2017 will receive late claim penalties.

SAF 2017 must be used to claim payment for the following Schemes:-

  • Basic Payment Scheme(BPS), including Greening and Young Farmer
  • Glastir Entry (GE)
  • Glastir Advanced (GA)
  • Glastir Organic (GO)
  • Glastir Woodland Management (GWM)
  • Improved Land Premium (ILP)
  • Glastir Woodland Creation Premium (GWCP)
  • Glastir Woodland Creation Maintenance (GCM)
  • Glastir Woodland Creation Premium (GCP)

You must also complete the SAF if you wish to apply to the National Reserve for an allocation of BPS Entitlements.

As in previous years, CARA staff will be on hand to help you complete your SAF, and you will therefore need to contact the office on 01570 471516 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.


Transfer of BPS entitlements

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Farmers can transfer their BPS entitlements by sale, purchase or lease with or without land or via inheritance. Forms must be completed using your RPW Online account before midnight 2 May 2017 in order to make a claim on those entitlements on SAF 2017. Any transfers submitted after that date will not be available to claim on until SAF 2018.

If you are looking to buy or lease entitlements or have some to sell, please contact us here at CARA as soon as possible.


Glastir Advanced 2018

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

If you wish to be considered for a Glastir Advanced 2018 Contract, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via your RPW Online account. The new round opens on 28 February 2017 and closes at midnight on 31 March 2017.

Further details are available on the Welsh Government website and if you require further assistance with your EOI, please contact us here at CARA.

 

 


Winter Update

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Winter Update

The Welsh Government has produced a Winter Update giving farmers and stakeholders the latest information on agricultural and rural issues.

 


2017 Cross Compliance Factsheets

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A small number of changes have been made to the Cross Compliance Farmers’ Factsheets to reflect new requirements and good practice. They are now available to view on the Welsh Government website.


£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.