From August 2021 to February 2022, ADAS will be delivering free, tailored one to one advice sessions, events, and skills development workshops to help farmers and land managers to navigate the changes brought about by the transition from the Basic Payment Scheme.
This free service, funded by Defra, will be available to all farmers and land managers in England who are currently in receipt of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. The announcement of the service came as RSK ADAS was announced as one of the providers of the new Future Farming Resilience Fund, which will open in August.
The Future Farming Resilience Fund has been developed to provide business support to farmers and land managers to help them navigate the changes over this period. Following a competition launched in March, £10.7 million of funding has been awarded to nineteen organisations to support farmers and land managers who are in receipt of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. The support will be available, free of charge, from August this year through to March 2022 and any farmer or land manager currently in receipt of BPS is eligible to apply.
Urging famers to sign up for the scheme, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said, “We know that change can be challenging which is why we are committed to helping farmers and land managers throughout the agricultural transition to feel supported to make the best decisions for their farms, families and future.
“As we continue to co-design and develop the future schemes it is important that the industry has access to expert support and knowledge. So, I urge farmers and land managers to sign up to the Future Farming Resilience Fund now to ensure that come August they are able to use the help that is available to them.”
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