10 November 2022
Invitation to events extended, with focus on funding and nature-friendly growing.
EXPERT advice on the changes to farm payments is available to potato growers in the UK in a series of free events with the Soil Association.
The Future Farm Resilience programme sessions, funded by Defra, will be run by Soil Association farming advisors who will provide business planning advice to help farms adapt to the phase out of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) funding.
Any grower in England currently receiving BPS cash can get involved, but there will be a particular focus on how organic and agroecological farmers can secure government incentives and cost-savings through nature-friendly farming.
The workshops and one-to-one sessions will help low-input growers to identify the funding options currently available through Countryside Stewardship, and in the upcoming Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).
Soil Association Head of Farming Kate Still said: “Nature-friendly farming practices are not only set to receive ongoing government funding, but they can also offer a wide range of cost-savings and provide resilience for farmers in the face of a changing climate.
“We are really pleased to be offering free support for farmers to explore not only the available funding opportunities, but also where they may be able to tweak their farming practices to benefit both nature and their bottom line."
The programme of advice runs until February 2025, with 18 workshop sessions being offered both in person and online.
Visit our events page here for more details on how to book at individual events, which are being held regionally.