Update from Suffolk County Council - Farm Business Grant Programmes
The RDPE Countryside Productivity scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
Grants are already available for Forestry Productivity and Water Resource Management. The deadline for Water Resource Management has now been extended to 29 June 2018. The deadline for Forestry Productivity remains at 3 April 2018.
Two new grants were launched on 30 October for Adding Value to Agri-Food and Improving Farming Productivity.
The Adding Value to Agri-Food grants are for processors of primary agricultural or horticultural products. This includes food and drink businesses and farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) in rural or urban areas.
These grants are to improve the processing of primary agricultural products to shorten supply chains and deliver benefits to primary producers. Projects must be for the processing of Annex I Agri-food products only, including meat, milk, grain, fruit and vegetables.
Grant funding can help pay for:
- equipment and machinery
- constructing or improving buildings associated with all aspects of processing
The minimum grant available is £35,000.
The deadline for expressions of interest for Adding Value to Agri-food is 29 June 2018. For more information see the Adding Value handbook.
The Improving Farm Productivity grants are to improve farm productivity through:
- the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production
- increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm by improving energy storage and distribution
- the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production
- more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate.
Grant funding can help pay for buying and installing machinery and equipment. The grants are for a minimum of £35,000.
The deadline for applications for Improving Farm Productivity is 3 December 2018. For more information see the Improving Farm Productivity Handbook.
Bovine TB Advisory Service
This new service was launched on 4 October with the aim to help maximise farm biosecurity and minimise risks associated with cattle movements.
Over the next three years, eligible farmers can receive an advisory visit to their farm with the service’s bTB specialists at no cost to the farmer. For farmers with specific questions about bTB, a telephone advice service is also available.
Farmers in High Risk and Edge Areas of England can register by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone, 01306 779410. More information is available at www.tbas.org.uk.
Further information on Countryside Productivity is available on GOV.UK.
Information provided by Suffolk County Council.