Future Farming Resilience Project
A new pilot project to support farmers in East & Mid Devon prepare for changes to their Direct Basic Payments
Are you an East or Mid Devon farmer? Have you prepared for the changes to Direct Basic Payments and the potential impact on your farm? No? Then we may be able to help!
Devon County council is running a new project launched in February 2020, providing free, expert advice to help lowland grazing farmers in East and Mid Devon transition from Direct Basic Payments towards the government’s new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. Our project is designed to work with farmers to help guide them and understand what the changes to Direct Basic Payments will mean to them and their farms.
If you are a lowland grazing farmer in East or Mid Devon, interested in receiving free support to creative a bespoke action plan to help you navigate these changes, then please get in touch to find out more.
Devon County Council has been awarded Future Farming Resilience Funding by Defra to run this project. It will run from February to August 2020 and we would like to recruit thirty lowland grazing farms across East and Mid Devon to work with.
The key objective of the project is to provide resilience support to farmers and land managers to help them prepare for, and adjust to, the Agricultural Transition by addressing the opportunities it presents and the impacts it could have.
Farmers who sign-up to the project will be offered an initial conversation with an experienced farm business advisor. The advisor will supply the latest update on government plans to transfer funding away from direct support, towards the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme and its associated timescales.
The advisor will then complete an initial diagnostic of the farm, exploring all aspects and income streams of the current business in addition to the farmer’s future aspirations. It will specifically investigate likely future income projections over five years as the direct payment decreases to zero in 2027 and assess the potential for additional or growth income streams to offset the loss of direct payment revenue. This information will be analysed, resulting in an action report and recommendations for discussion between farmer and advisor.
Who’s eligible to take part?
We are looking for farmers in Mid and East Devon, running lowland grazing farms. To be eligible to take part in this project, you must not have exceed the Agricultural De Minimis threshold for state aid, of 20,000 Euros. If you are unsure whether you have exceeded this, please get in touch and we can check this for you.
In addition, you must not be participating in any other Defra funded Future Farming Resilience projects.
Find out more
If you would like further information on the project and what is involved, here are our contact details:
Telephone: 01392 381 860