Events and Workshops
Please note that all the meetings will be taking place on Microsoft Teams, if you would like to take part please email to book your place and you will be sent an email invitation to the session. If you need any help with getting online or don't know how to use Teams, we can help!
Tuesday 2nd March 7.30pm
Countryside Stewardship - overview of Mid Tier, and the options best suited to upland farmers
FWAG SW will be providing an overview of Mid Tier, which will open for applications in 2021 with a start date of January 2022. There have been some changes to the process this year which FWAG will cover, aswell as useful tips on how to complete your application. They will discuss the most suitable options for uplands farmers; this session has been designed specifically for Dartmoor farms so will provide you with the most relevant information on targeting and local priorities.
Tuesday 9th March 7.30pm
Countryside Stewardship - capital grants, including Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant
FWAG SW will outline the opportunities to apply for capital funding on Dartmoor, including the popular Hedgerows and Boundaries grant which this year has increased from £10k to £20k maximum. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and FWAG will also be providing useful tips on how to apply and how to make a claim.
Wednesday 10th March 7.30pm
Farm Tenancies - managing the changes ahead
This session is for any tenant famer on Dartmoor, and will be presented by the Tenant Farmers Association. The TFA will discuss what the new Agriculture Policy means for tenant farmers, how to manage rent reviews in light of changes to BPS, and the importance of looking ahead to ELMS and the provision of public goods on your farm to ensure the long term profitability of their farm.
Tuesday 16th March 7.30pm
Passing on the farming operation can be an emotional and difficult process. It is one of the biggest challenges that a family in business must cope with and planning for success is essential.
Succession planning can help protect your assets, your business and your family. With the changes that lie ahead in farming, now is a good time to start those conversations and make sure you and yours are able to plan ahead for success.
This online session will be led by Christine Malseed, an Accredited Facilitator offering independent, confidential solutions to family succession planning.
Agri-environment schemes and the future: How to get the best for your business
Some good news for farmers in Dartmoor National Park!
From April 2021-2024, the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme will provide financial support to farmers and other land managers in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The funding will help them support and manage the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access.
The start of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme in February and Farming in Protected Landscapes in April means there are steps you can take now. Attend an online workshop and find out more:
• Find out what has changed in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme
• Hear from farmers who are already in Agri-environment schemes
• Learn about the Farming in Protected Landscapes Scheme
The same workshop will be run three times, so you can choose from one of the following dates and times: Monday 22nd February, 5:00-6:30pm Thursday 4th March, 5:00-6:30pm Tuesday 23rd March, 1:00-2:30pm.
Register now at www.landscapesforlife.org.uk/workshops
The workshops are national and provide an opportunity to hear what other Nationals Parks are doing to prepare for ELMS
We have some other events in the pipeline; please do let the HFP team know if there is anything else you would like advice or support with, we will endeavor to get something set up.
Drop in Desk (currently unavailable)
We have a drop-in computer desk with internet access and printer available for Dartmoor farmers to use at the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project office. In some cases we can book computer trainers to help you with a particular programme or aspect of IT that will help your farm business.
Farmers can borrow one of our two FECPAKs (Faecal Egg Count Packs) for 3 months to see how you get on with checking the worm burden of your sheep on farm. A Payment of £30 is needed and you get the support of a farmer mentor to show you how to set it up and use it.