Ricardo Future Farming Resilience Fund

What is the Future Farming Resilience Fund?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Future Farming Resilience Fund will provide support to farmers and land managers as they prepare for the agricultural transition. This project, managed by Ricardo, is available to farming businesses in England that are in receipt of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. Ricardo is working in partnership with Andersons, Neil Wilson from SAB Advisory Ltd, the Farming Community Network (FCN), Sarah Starkey from Herefordshire Rural Hub, Mary Dimambro from Cambridge Eco Ltd and Fraser Hugill who is the Yorkshire regional coordinator.

The challenges caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), extreme weather events and the forthcoming changes to agricultural support as a result of the UK leaving the EU may result in many farmers and land managers in England needing to adapt their business models and carefully consider options for the future. This project will provide information, tools, advice, and support for farming businesses throughout this period of change. The programme will run until 28 February 2022 and will include:

One-to-one farm resilience reviews. A specialist business adviser from Andersons will support you in identifying the potential risks and opportunities for your business. You will receive a visit to discuss your business and be provided with a personalised plan that identifies actions you can take to help mitigate the risks your business faces and to support you in implementing the plan. NOTE: To register for a resilience review, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘register your interest link’.

Resilience planning webinars. These webinars will be held during November and will provide information on the following:

Farm business resilience: Joe Scarratt from The Andersons Centre will update you on the latest information in the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and what the future looks like for support payments. He will also provide a flavour of what the resilience planning process is like, including examining your business, showing you what the best businesses do, and planning for future success.

A healthy farm business starts with a healthy workforce: Whether you farm alone or are a member of a team, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is an essential component of managing change successfully. In this session, Mark Thomas from the Farming Community Network (FCN) will examine some of the issues that lead to stress, how to spot the signs in yourself and others, and highlight some ideas for managing its impact on yourself and those around you.

To reserve your place, please click on the link next to your preferred session below and complete the booking form. You will receive a notification email with joining instructions a couple of moments after booking. If this does not come through, please check your spam, or junk folder.

Monday 1 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/787398078358201612
Thursday 4 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6392664376361517072
Tuesday 9 November, 14:00 to 15:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3239965416806859280
Tuesday 9 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4901733206167035152
Wednesday 10 November, 10:00 to 11:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1747095807612615440
Wednesday 10 November, 14:00 to 15:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2717619328287694608

Access to online skills training. Access will be granted to anyone who has a one-to-one visit, attends a webinar or previously participated in the Ricardo pilot between September 2020 and March 2021. This portal will include a range of resources and support packages to help participants deal with some of the common barriers and challenges that constrain businesses becoming more resilient. Subjects will include budgeting, utilising environmental features, planning for family changes, and getting accounts and paperwork in order. It will include a minimum of 15 elements across a range of media (video, podcast, webpages, and document templates).

Is the advice free?
All the advice provided will be completely free of charge. However, as the programme is funded by a Defra grant, you will be required to complete a consent form, and a survey at the start and end of the programme. The documentation must be completed prior to the visit or webinar taking place. Places are limited and are filling quickly, so registration is essential. Register now to secure your free visit.

How can you get involved?
Sign up for a one-to-one business resilience visit by clicking on the 'register your interest' button below and follow the instructions on the registration page.

What is the Future Farming Resilience Fund?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Future Farming Resilience Fund will provide support to farmers and land managers as they prepare for the agricultural transition. This project, managed by Ricardo, is available to farming businesses in England that are in receipt of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. Ricardo is working in partnership with Andersons, Neil Wilson from SAB Advisory Ltd, the Farming Community Network (FCN), Sarah Starkey from Herefordshire Rural Hub, Mary Dimambro from Cambridge Eco Ltd and Fraser Hugill who is the Yorkshire regional coordinator.

The challenges caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), extreme weather events and the forthcoming changes to agricultural support as a result of the UK leaving the EU may result in many farmers and land managers in England needing to adapt their business models and carefully consider options for the future. This project will provide information, tools, advice, and support for farming businesses throughout this period of change. The programme will run until 28 February 2022 and will include:

One-to-one farm resilience reviews. A specialist business adviser from Andersons will support you in identifying the potential risks and opportunities for your business. You will receive a visit to discuss your business and be provided with a personalised plan that identifies actions you can take to help mitigate the risks your business faces and to support you in implementing the plan. NOTE: To register for a resilience review, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘register your interest link’.

Resilience planning webinars. These webinars will be held during November and will provide information on the following:

Farm business resilience: Joe Scarratt from The Andersons Centre will update you on the latest information in the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and what the future looks like for support payments. He will also provide a flavour of what the resilience planning process is like, including examining your business, showing you what the best businesses do, and planning for future success.

A healthy farm business starts with a healthy workforce: Whether you farm alone or are a member of a team, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is an essential component of managing change successfully. In this session, Mark Thomas from the Farming Community Network (FCN) will examine some of the issues that lead to stress, how to spot the signs in yourself and others, and highlight some ideas for managing its impact on yourself and those around you.

To reserve your place, please click on the link next to your preferred session below and complete the booking form. You will receive a notification email with joining instructions a couple of moments after booking. If this does not come through, please check your spam, or junk folder.

Monday 1 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/787398078358201612
Thursday 4 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6392664376361517072
Tuesday 9 November, 14:00 to 15:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3239965416806859280
Tuesday 9 November, 19:00 to 20:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4901733206167035152
Wednesday 10 November, 10:00 to 11:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1747095807612615440
Wednesday 10 November, 14:00 to 15:30 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2717619328287694608

Access to online skills training. Access will be granted to anyone who has a one-to-one visit, attends a webinar or previously participated in the Ricardo pilot between September 2020 and March 2021. This portal will include a range of resources and support packages to help participants deal with some of the common barriers and challenges that constrain businesses becoming more resilient. Subjects will include budgeting, utilising environmental features, planning for family changes, and getting accounts and paperwork in order. It will include a minimum of 15 elements across a range of media (video, podcast, webpages, and document templates).

Is the advice free?
All the advice provided will be completely free of charge. However, as the programme is funded by a Defra grant, you will be required to complete a consent form, and a survey at the start and end of the programme. The documentation must be completed prior to the visit or webinar taking place. Places are limited and are filling quickly, so registration is essential. Register now to secure your free visit.

How can you get involved?
Sign up for a one-to-one business resilience visit by clicking on the 'register your interest' button below and follow the instructions on the registration page.

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