Westcountry farmers eager to learn more about applications for productivity-enhancing equipment under a new government subsidy program are invited to attend an informative open house next week.
The Exmoor Hill Farming Network (EHFN) has announced that it will host an Agricultural Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) afternoon on Friday, December 10.
The event, which takes place between noon and 4 p.m. at the Cutcombe Market in Wheddon Cross, courtesy of Exmoor Farmers Livestock Auctioneers, has ensured the participation of a range of well-known agricultural suppliers with which farmers can browse and discuss.
These include Masons Kings, Harpers Feeds, Bridgmans, Mole Valley Farmers, RAPPA, Bateman, Scotpen, IAE, OHG Quads, McVeigh Parker, AA Plant Ltd, J Fix Services and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).
Katherine Williams, director of EHFN, which was established in early 2014, said that even if farmers find the fundraising program not for them, the open afternoon will always be an opportunity to socialize and enjoy festive refreshments, with complimentary pies. and mulled wine on order for the day. “Everyone is welcome from afar,” she added.
“Our main goal is to provide you with [farmers] with information on eligible equipment available to help run your cattle and sheep businesses.
“Representatives from Exmoor Farmers and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) South West will provide information on the program in the auction ring at 1 pm and 3 pm, followed by a question and answer session. “
She continued, “We have already had a great adoption. We also want to reassure farmers that many stands will be located outside and that Covid measures will be in place. This is an opportunity to bring our farming community together during this festive time of the year.
The Agricultural Equipment and Technology Fund provides investments in specific equipment that will improve the productivity and efficiency of agricultural, horticultural and forestry enterprises.
Part of Defra’s £ 27million Agricultural Investment Fund (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), along with the Agriculture Transformation Fund, Equipment Fund and agricultural technology will focus on smaller grants – ranging from a low of £ 2,000 to a high of £ 25,000 – for fixed list equipment, including electronic seeders and product-free disinfection systems chemical.
For cattle ranchers, eligible items will include handling and weighing systems for cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as portable EID devices for individual animal reading and recording.
The Farming Transformation Fund will cover larger technology, with the potential to transform business performance. This stream will initially focus on water management with grants available to improve water use on farms for things like irrigating crops and building on-farm reservoirs.
Launching the Farming Investment Fund earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Victoria Prentis said: “I am delighted to offer support to eligible farmers through the new Farming Investment Fund to invest in technology and infrastructure. to increase productivity and provide environmental benefits.
“Investing in new technologies and new equipment on the farm has a real impact on productivity and yields, as well as an environmental benefit as we build on the historic commitments of COP26. ”
Applications for the Agricultural Equipment and Technology Fund will close on January 7, 2022 at noon. For more details, please visit the website www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-equipment-and-technology-fund-round-1-manual. To find out more about the Exmoor Hill Farming Network event, contact Katherine Williams on 01643 841455, mobile 07970 795808, or send an email to [email protected]