Taking Stock: Planning a strong future as a beef or sheep farmer

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Across the country, farming is undergoing a period of radical reform. How prepared are you for the changes and opportunities ahead?

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The Soil Association is running a series of free webinars for livestock farmers in the South West. The programme will cover the options and future support that will be available as we leave the Common Agricultural Policy.

Join us to take stock of your business and plan for future opportunities.

The 90-minute webinar will cover:

  1. Is it all about the money? Hear the proposed changes to payments to farmers and land managers being implemented by Defra and how their phasing out will affect your business.
  2. Public money for public goods. We’ll cover what Defra currently consider to be a public good so you can be rewarded for what your farm already provides, and assess what practices you can adopt and how you can evidence it.
  3. Getting to grips with ELM. We’ll outline how the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is likely to work and what is different from current payment schemes.
  4. Animal health and welfare pathway – find out about grants available and ways in which your livestock can help in your delivery of public goods.
  5. T aking Stock - your chance to ask questions about the planned changes and how these might affect your business.

During the webinars you will:

  • Hear about the proposed changes being implemented by Defra and how these will affect your business
  • Identify new ways of working or opportunities that future funding and support could unlock
  • Work towards developing a plan for your business detailing how you will prepare for the coming changes.
  • Discuss with other farmers the changes and the opportunities it could provide to your business and the local economy

This is a pilot project, funded by Defra, focused on the south west of England. The webinars were originally planned to be held face to face but subject to the ongoing situation with regards the risk of Covid19 we are planning to go ahead online.

Who should take part:

The sessions will be focused on beef and sheep businesses. We would encourage anyone who will be involved in the future changes, particularly those responsible for business planning and the day to day management of your farm to attend.

These events are only for farm businesses operating in England as future policy and support differs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What to expect:

  • Everyone registering to attend this event must complete a short online survey, developed by Defra as part of this pilot. Once you register, we’ll send you a unique ID number – so that your personal details remain anonymous - and a link to the survey.
  • After completing the survey, you’ll be sent a link to the webinar. You can access via a smart phone, tablet or computer, to get set up you just need to download an app. This is straightforward and just takes a few moments, and you can always speak to the team for support
  • Following the webinar you have the option to select further topics for webinars to learn more about how your business can begin to prepare for the changes and opportunities ahead.

By taking part in this programme you agree to:

  1. To be identified via a unique ID number. This number will link your monitoring data to your demographic information including the region where you work and the make-up of your farm. However, all answers will be completely anonymous and you will not be identifiable from your ID number.
  2. As Taking Stock is funded by Defra, all monitoring and evaluation data will be shared with them. The results from this programme is of vital importance in understanding what support is effective in helping farmers through the agricultural transition. However, taking part is voluntary and you can withdraw from the project at any time and your data will be destroyed. It is likely that Defra, or a third party, will get back in touch with you over the next year for research purposes, if you agree.

The Soil Association agrees to:

  1. Answer any questions you have regarding the programme
  2. Removal of personal information and anonymise all data to ensure monitoring and survey results cannot be traced back to you.
  3. Respect your wishes if you request to end participation in the programme
  4. Be flexible, where appropriate, in the collection of monitoring data including providing postal or email options.
  5. Share a summary of results from the project

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The Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.

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