Farming Focus – March 2023

The March 2023 edition of Farming Focus reports on Defra’s long-term environmental commitments contained in its new Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP).  Defra has released more information on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), could this be a new income stream for some land managers?  Read when farm support will change in Scotland as the Scottish Government releases its route-map.  In England, Defra has published key application and claim dates for 2023.  In other news the FiPL scheme in England and the Farming Connect programme in Wales have both been given extensions.  The AHDB has announced it is moving offices to save money and we report on a further increase in base rates as the UK economy just avoids entering a recession.

The Spotlight article this month looks at the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) which provides grants for certain items of equipment that have pre-identified by Defra.

Click Here to access our March 2023 edition of Farming Focus.

Also, a reminder that if you are an ABP supplier you could potentially avail of a free carbon footprinting assessment for your farm. ABP recently launched its PRISM 2030 Programme which Andersons is involved with. Places are limited, only 350 available. Its’ aim is to help participants to improve their carbon footprint and sustainability across the farm. A grant scheme will be available in the spring for signed up participates. If you supply ABP and would like to find out more information about joining PRISM 2030, please contact Katie Thorley via [email protected] or call 07977 061664.

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