Key reminders and dates for your diary

27 July 2022

Farm business and agri policy
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Every month, Farming Wales Editor Daniel Johns speaks to Rita Jones, of the Welsh Government’s Farm Liaison Service, to highlight the key reminders and some important dates for members to look out for...

Key Dates

4 August

  • Coal Tip Safety (Wales) consultation ends

5 August

  • Small Grants - Yard coverings window closes

12 August

  • Nutrient Management Investment window closes

24 August

  • Small Grants Environment window opens

26 August

  • Organic Conversion window closes

Sustainable Farming Scheme

An outline of the Sustainable Farming Scheme has been published which includes proposals on actions and processes farmers will be expected to undertake as part of the scheme.

This is not the final scheme, Welsh Government want to work with farmers through the next phase of co-design on the practical aspects of these proposals such as biosecurity, soil testing and managing habitats.

Welsh Government are encouraging farmers to register now to have their say on the proposals for the new Sustainable Farming Scheme. Working closely with farmers and getting feedback on proposals is crucial to developing a scheme that works for Wales.

To be involved in the second phase of co-designing the new Sustainable Farming Scheme, register your interest, or contact the Farm Liaison Service.

Interested in taking part? Go to the Welsh Government website.

Rural support schemes: application dates

The dates when Welsh Government are accepting applications for rural schemes is now available on the Welsh Government website.

  • Growing for the Environment scheme - The scheme is currently open and all expressions of interest must be received by 29 July 2022. The scheme supports the growing and utilisation of crops, which can result in improvements in the environmental performance of a farm business. The indicative budget allocation for this application window is £350,000. 

  • Nutrient Management Investment Scheme - The scheme window for expressions of interest is now open. The scheme is a capital grant scheme available to farmers to support investments that will enhance on-farm nutrient management. The indicative budget allocation for this application window is £15.0m. The application window for the scheme closes on 12 August 2022.

  • Organic Conversion Scheme - The new scheme window is now open for expressions of interest with applications to be received by 26 August 2022. The scheme is an area-based support scheme available to existing agriculture producers across Wales who wish to convert from conventional to organic production. 

  • Small Grants – Yard Coverings - The scheme is currently open and all expressions of interest must be received by 5 August 2022. The capital scheme is designed to support farmers to improve on-farm nutrient management by investing in existing on-farm infrastructure. The indicative budget allocation for this application window is £3.0m.

  • Woodland Creation Planning Scheme - A new Woodland Creation Planning scheme is open for expressions of interest. The scheme offers support for the development of new woodland creation plans. 

Regional shows

Farm Liaisons Service staff together with other Welsh Government staff will be in attendance at the Cardigan, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Denbigh and Flint, Meirionnydd and Usk shows this summer. 

For updates on the future developments of schemes being announced, register to sign up to receive the Gwlad e-newsletter.

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