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Farming Recovery Fund Extension 2020 – re flooding in February 2020 - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications from farmers whose land was flooded in February 2020, and who are located in parts of: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, East and North Yorkshire, and a further extension in Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire.

Details of the eligible areas, The Handbook and How to Apply are all available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-recovery-fund-extension-2020

All work must meet the specifications set out in the handbook.

Deadline for submitting applications is 1st Sept 2020.

For further information contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

Dairy Support Scheme - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Dairy Support Scheme is now open and will close on 11th  September 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the dairy industry has faced challenges of excess milk, falling prices, and reduced demand from the hospitality sector. Defra has set up a fund to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new fund will provide support to help them continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare by helping cover ongoing costs. These funds will be allocated to those most in need (see section 2 ‘Who can apply’). Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each. The amount of payment will be calculated on around 70% of their losses from actual milk sales during April and May (see section 7 ‘Payments’).

The fund will be administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). All payments received through the fund are made under s.8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 (as amended) and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework for UK Public Authorities (as amended)

Who is eligible?

If you are a cross-border farmer with land in another part of the UK as well as in England, you may apply if the majority of your land is located in England and you received your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 payment from RPA.

You can apply for this scheme if both of the following apply:

  • you supply cows milk to a wholesale purchaser
  • you have had a reduction in the average price paid for your milk of 25% or more in April 2020 compared to that paid in February 2020

Payments will not be made for May losses alone.

How and When to Apply

You can only make one application for each business registered with RPA.

We must receive your application by midnight on Friday 11th September. We cannot accept late applications.

All Dairy Response Fund payments are discretionary and there is no automatic entitlement to any payment. We will email you or write to you within 7 working days of verifying your application to tell you whether it has been accepted or rejected.

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.   This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 handbook.

Full details and guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme

All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:

•           technical efficiency

•           animal health and welfare

•           resource efficiency, or

•           nutrient management

Who can apply:

Farmers in England (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant.

Application forms must be completed online before the deadline of September 3rd.

For further advice or help with an application contact Kathryn Williams 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

Countryside Stewardship APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED 

The Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for farmers and land managers to request application packs, for agreements to start in 2019.  

Four simpler, and quicker to apply for, offers are being introduced this year to complement the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers and to open up the scheme to even more farmers and land managers. Unlike existing offers, all landowners who make a valid application for any of the four new packages will be guaranteed funding through the scheme.  This application window is an opportunity for farmers new to Countryside Stewardship (CS), or those coming out of previous stewardship agreements, to sign up for an agreement that will be guaranteed for its lifetime, to protect wildlife, boost biodiversity and deliver environmental benefits for their local communities.

Farmers and land managers have until 31 May 2019 to request a paper application pack. Farmers intending to apply online this year will be able to create their Online Arable Offer application pack from 20 February 2019

The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2019.

 

Water Grants APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

This forms part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) Mid-Tier Grants are open for applications until 31st July 2019Water Grants (previously Catchment Sensitive Farming capital grant scheme)- up to £10,000 is available for standalone grants to complete works to improve water quality, e.g. concreting yards, covering handling areas. To be eligible you need to be located within a priority catchment and gain approval for the desired works from your local Catchment Farming Officer.

 

 

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