Laying the hedgerow regulations
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by Richard Harrison
16h ago
Credit: 35mmMan In my last post on hedgerows, I outlined our approach to the future of hedgerow protections and summarised the responses to the consultation held last year.  It was clear from responses that there was overwhelming agreement that hedgerows are valuable assets for wildlife and the environment. Those who responded clearly supported hedgerow protections and we confirmed our commitment to bring in the new regulation.   We are pleased to tell you that legislation to protect hedgerows has today been laid in both Houses of Parliament.  If approved by Parliament, the Ma ..read more
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Webinar follow up: Uplands
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by Becky Briggs
5d ago
On Wednesday 27 March, we held a webinar on the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) schemes for upland farmers.  In this post, I’ll summarise what we covered and include links for you to learn more. We were pleased to be joined by Daniel Procter, a 5th generation sheep farmer, farming in the hills between Lancashire and Yorkshire.  Daniel is part of the SFI pilot and he is also an SFI agreement holder. He shared the actions he included in his agreement, how he found the process to apply and that he was eager to add more actions when they’re available ..read more
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Webinar follow up: livestock and grassland
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by Becky Briggs
5d ago
We recently held a webinar for livestock and grassland farmers in England. A recording is embedded above. In the webinar, we gave an overview of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) offer and how the scheme supports both productivity and the environment. We talked through the wide range of actions including for soils, nutrient management and integrated pest management. We also covered the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway and the grants on offer through the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund. We were very pleased to be joined by Mathew Cole, a beef and sheep hill farmer in the SFI pilot ..read more
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Acting on the recommendations of the Dartmoor Review
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by The Team
6d ago
Credit: Stuart Allen  Dartmoor is one of England’s most loved landscapes, with wide open moorland framed by steep woodland valleys and rolling hills.  People are drawn to Dartmoor to immerse themselves in its nature and history. Generations of farmers working with the natural landscape have created a truly special place.   For farming on Dartmoor to achieve its aims, it needs healthy and varied habitats working in harmony with food production.  We will continue to support the agriculture sector to do what it does best; produce food hand in hand with preserving the di ..read more
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Water Restoration Fund: grants now available
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by The Team
1w ago
Credit: William Hook Groups of farmers in England can now apply for a grant to improve freshwater habitats. Through the new Water Restoration Fund, local groups can apply for funding to bolster their capacity and capabilities for delivery of on-the-ground projects which improve the water environment.  The fund, announced in Defra’s Plan for Water, is funded through environmental fines and penalties issued to water companies between April 2022 and October 2023.   In this post, we'll give an overview. Overview   The Water Restoration Fund offers grants to support proje ..read more
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Storm Henk: grants available for affected farmers
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by The Team
1w ago
Credit: Mike Finn Storm Henk caused significant damage to large swathes of the country. Thousands of acres of farmland were left under water as a result.   Eligible farmers in England who suffered damage to their land during Storm Henk that was uninsurable, will be contacted by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) about a grant to help cover the costs of returning the land to the condition it was in before it flooded. In this post, we'll give an overview of this support including details of eligibility.   Background  The Farming Recovery Fund supports the cost of reinstating agricu ..read more
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Why we’re putting area limits on some SFI actions
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by The Team
3w ago
Credit: Andrew Whether you’re designing a new product or policy, testing and gradual rollouts allow teams to gather feedback, grow in understanding and make improvements in a controlled way. From the beginning — and for all our schemes — this has been our approach. We designed SFI with farmers, for farmers. One of the most important things that they asked for was flexibility around how to achieve the aims of the actions. They also wanted the administration to be as simple as possible. For that reason, we didn’t place limits on any actions. Rather, we wanted to see how farmers responded to th ..read more
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Farming Podcast: improving animal health and welfare on your farm  
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by Martin Jenkins
3w ago
https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/246/2024/03/martin-jenkins-karen-halton-james-russell-improving-animal-health-and-welfare-on-your-farm.mp3 In this episode of the Farming podcast, our lead for healthier animals, Martin Jenkins, talks to dairy farmer Karen Halton. They are joined by infectious disease expert and vet James Russell.   Karen has 500 ProCROSS cows and 260 followers on her farm in Congleton, Cheshire. She recently accessed the SFI annual health and welfare review which is part of the wide range of support offered through the Animal Health and Welfare P ..read more
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From application to agreement: making the process to join SFI simple
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by The Team
1M ago
When you apply for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), we want your experience to be smooth and we want to offer you as much flexibility as possible.   In this post, we’ll set out what you can do and what we’re doing to make the process of applying as straightforward as it can be, so you can join the 14,000 other farmers, growers and land managers who've already applied. Preparation   Our new online SFI actions checker tool will help you filter the actions you can get paid to do on your land. It complements the scheme guidance which you can find on GOV.UK and in the SFI Ha ..read more
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Blending private and public finance 
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by The Green Finance Team
1M ago
Credit: cattan2011 We want farmers and land managers in England to confidently and securely access payments from both the public and private sector for the environmental benefits and food they produce.   In March 2023, we published a refreshed Green Finance Strategy and the first Nature Markets Framework. These documents set out what we’re doing to provide clarity and ambition for the development of nature markets.    We set out our commitment in both the Nature Markets Framework, and the payment principles for environmental land management to support the combin ..read more
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