Get free business advice for your farm

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Farmers and land managers who benefit from the basic payment scheme (BPS) can get free advice.

Counselors can help you:

Advisors offer:

  • individual consultations
  • farm visits
  • reports with recommendations
  • access to workshops, webinars and tours
  • networking opportunities so you can get help from other farmers

Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund has helped these organizations provide expert advice to farmers. It will provide more funding to organizations starting in September 2022.

Select an organization in your county

For free advice, choose an advisor working in your area and contact them. You should check what they offer and if they cover your agricultural sector.

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cumbria, Dartmoor, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Durham Dales, East Sussex, Essex, Exmoor, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Humber, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, North Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Peak District, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wessex , Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire

cheshire

Cornwall

Cotswolds

Cumbria

Dartmoor

derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

Durham

Durham Valleys

East Sussex

Essex

Exmoor

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Herefordshire

Hertfordshire

Humber

isle of wight

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire

lincolnshire

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

North Lancashire

Northumberland

North Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Peak District

Rutland

Shropshire

Somerset

South Staffordshire

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

sussex

Warwickshire

West Midlands

West Sussex

wessex

Wiltshire

Worcestershire

yorkshire

What support organizations offer and when it ends

ADAS, AHDB, Berrys, Brown & Co, Bury Beet Group, Ceres Rural LLP, Devon County Council, DJM Consulting, JH Agri Consultancy, Kite Consulting, Landworkers’ Alliance, Laurence Gould Partnership, Natural Enterprise, MB Hodgson & Son Limited, NIAB , Promar International, Ricardo-AEA Ltd, SRUC, The Prince’s Countryside Fund

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You can receive:

  • individual and confidential advice and advice on agricultural businesses
  • access to webinars on agricultural transition
  • business skills development workshops

ADAS can help you:

  • understand the impact of BPS reductions and how this could be mitigated
  • identify areas that will help improve sustainability, through a financial analysis, report and action plan

Available until May 31, 2022.

AHDB

You can receive:

  • a review using the AHDB Farm Business Review online tool
  • the accompaniment of an agricultural adviser
  • a collective restitution meeting

You can get help on:

You can get help with:

  • assess the impact of BPS discounts on your farm
  • assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business
  • use counts and production data to calculate farm performance
  • focus on priorities and actions to be taken

Available until August 31, 2022.

Berries

You can get business advice, including a bespoke report for:

  • provide the business with an understanding of its current performance
  • assess how performance may be impacted by the agricultural transition
  • provide financial analysis and follow-up actions

You also have the option of taking sessions to facilitate lasting change.

Available until May 31, 2022.

Brun & Co.

You can get help from an experienced farm consultant who specializes in your area. You can receive:

  • a report on your company including a benchmark and an action plan
  • access to group learning sessions with other farmers

Consultants support you in business and social change. You can access skills from other departments, including land agency and commercial property, if applicable.

Available until June 30, 2022.

Bury Beet Group

You can receive:

  • an agricultural business benchmarking service
  • an overview of natural capital assets
  • advice with a concise tailor-made report and an action plan

You can participate in 4 seminars:

  • soil management
  • natural capital
  • biodiversity and carbon counting
  • provide funding opportunities to foster diversification and productivity

Bury Beet Group can provide support and advice to enable you to benchmark your own business within your type, size and sector of farming across East Anglia. You can get help to protect and enhance the natural and economic assets of your agricultural business to improve its performance and become resilient.

Available until March 31, 2022.

Ceres Rural LLP

You can get a farm visit with a farm resilience report to help you understand the changes taking place and identify how you need to adapt.

You get a review of all arable activity, including crop production, benchmarking, and environmental/subsidy opportunities to produce actionable recommendations.

Available until April 30, 2022.

Devon County Council

You can receive:

  • information workshops on agricultural transition
  • tailor-made support including a financial diagnosis and an action plan
  • specialized workshops on exiting agriculture and environmental programs

Available until May 31, 2022.

DJM Consulting

You can get strategic on-farm meetings and business support through:

  • pre-visit analysis of your accounts and base payment reductions
  • a farm visit and discussion with our Rural Business Advisors
  • a tailor-made strategic action plan including recommendations

Available until August 31, 2022.

JH Agri Consulting

You can get help with beef and sheep farms from James Hadwin of JH Agri Consultancy, Rhidian Jones of RJ Livestock systems and Ian Cairns of Agribusiness Technical Services.

Available until August 31, 2022.

Kite advice

You can receive:

  • introductory webinars
  • farm visits
  • business analysis via an online portal
  • farmer group meetings and virtual follow-up meetings

Kite can help with:

  • individual financial analysis
  • comparative analysis
  • identify the financial impact of the loss of BPS
  • share best practices on options to mitigate impacts
  • create an action plan to make your business strong for the future

Available until August 31, 2022.

Landworkers Alliance

You can receive:

  • webinars for farmers on topics covering all aspects of agricultural resilience mentoring
  • a toolkit for agricultural resilience
  • successful case study films
  • farm visits
  • access to peer support networks

You can find out how to adopt agro-ecological farming practices and short supply chains to build sustainable farming systems and farm financial resilience. Landworkers’ Alliance uses a framework that integrates sustainable production with environmental land management.

Available until March 31, 2022.

Laurence Gould Partnership

You can receive:

  • group webinars held in 4 locations across England
  • video calls
  • farm visits

Laurence Gould focuses on the impact of reducing BPSlooking at on-farm alternatives to replace and generate additional income.

Available until August 31, 2022.

MB Hodgson & Sons Limited

Available until August 31, 2022.

Natural business

You can get a program of meetings, seminars, workshops and agricultural assessments, allowing farmers to engage at different times and at different levels.

Natural Enterprise provides industry insights and insight into barriers to diversification, benchmarking in practice and technology for efficiency and productivity.

Available until April 30, 2022.

NIAB

You can get workshops (November and February) with a few targeted visits.

NIAB works with arable farmers to develop a farm-specific change plan, built from a measured understanding of your challenges, along with workshops to discuss practice change options.

Available until March 1, 2022.

Promar International

You can get personalized advice if you operate a farm in the dairy, cattle and sheep sectors.

Available until May 31, 2022.

Ricardo-AEA Ltd

You can receive:

  • interviews with a farming consultant
  • support webinars
  • online help and support

An advisor will work with your business to identify a personalized action plan to help maximize profits, identify risks, and achieve short and long-term goals. Webinars and online resources explain the changes that come with the agricultural transition and provide a toolkit of resources to help businesses through this time of change.

Available until June 30, 2022.

ECRS

You can receive:

  • access to information webinars, 6 general transition update meetings and 5 more specialized meetings going deeper into certain topics
  • 200 reference carbon balance sheets (delivered remotely), intended for companies interested in carbon for the first time, wishing to find their benchmark
  • 30 carbon management plan visits (conducted face-to-face), aimed at companies that have at least 2 years of carbon audit data and already wish to consider the next step, such as mitigation measures for the 5 to next 10 years

The SRUC will provide an update on transition activity and introduce the topic of carbon to a wider audience. The objective will be to show the role of the carbon audit in a positive light. It can be a tool to examine business efficiency and demonstrate the links between good carbon management and operating profitability. Also to show where carbon could fit into future funding schemes.

Available until August 31, 2022.

The Prince’s Campaign Fund

You can get help and:

  • one group workshop focusing on business and one on the environment (available in person and online)
  • access to a resource bank
  • up to 3 other optional workshops (topics to be chosen by farm attendees)

You can join the Farm for the Future program for business and environmental support that will help you understand how the farming transition will affect the future of your business. It will be delivered to 11 regions across England by local agricultural support groups.

Available until April 30, 2022.

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