EVENTS

14 November 2019 - 6.30pm - 8.30 pm The Rural List Cirencester - Networking and guest talk on: ** How to become a rural skills instructor** (LANTRA & Greenway Training).


November to February - The future is in our Lands

A University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) public event series

Wednesday 6 November 2019

The future is in our lands 

Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)

Tuesday 19 November 2019

The future of UK farming and food production

Patrick  Holden (CEO, Sustainable Food Trust), Joanna Lewis (Policy and Strategy  Director, Soil Association), Jo Edwards (Farmer, Castle Farm Organics),  and Jack Farmer (Co-Founder and Operations Lead, LettUs Grow)

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Born to rewild!

Professor Alastair Driver (Rewilding specialist)

Register: https://bit.ly/2pBpdas 


May 2020 - Rural Business Gateway Access Course. Find out more or sign up to receive more information.

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Curated online resource library

Links to high-quality online resources on current topics are curated here. No endorsement of the opinions expressed or the authors is implied by inclusion. The purpose is simply to assist service-leavers to get abreast of current countryside issues.


If you spot a paper elsewhere which you believe should be included below, please send a link and short message to info@ruralink.org.uk

FUTURE FARM FUNDING (STRUTT AND PARKER RESEARCH)

Analysis by Strutt and Parker Research team on the post BREXIT funding model for farming.


From their website: 

This second paper models the effect of the proposed changes for seven  farm types and for three levels of productivity. An important  assumption we have made is that the profits that farmers earn from  agri-environment measures are double compared with current levels.     

The  changes will most affect farms that are highly reliant on Basic  Payments - cereals, mixed and lowland livestock farms. Sectors like  dairy will be less affected.

The net profits of the middle 50% of farmers will fall significantly, by 47-68% (excluding dairy).

The bottom 25% also suffer significant falls, of 22-63%.   

The  top 25% performing farmers are much less affected, with profits falling  by 6-19%. They are less reliant on Basic Payments and the cut is  largely negated by increases in farm productivity and agri-environment  payments.

Click here to download the latest paper or for our first paper click here.

MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR CONSERVATION

There are several useful publications available form the ACRE website. Specifically, resettling personnel may find the following of most use:

- A Community Guide to Your Water Environment

- Integrated Local Delivery

ROBOT FARMING

Tractors and other farming equipment is getting ever bigger, heavier and  more expensive. This trend is driving collaboration and even amalgamation of farms. It is arguably not driving greater efficiency. 


Can small robots help? This article, published in The Times and sponsored by Dropbox, promotes the work of The Small Robot Company. It’s worth a read to get you thinking about which future you want to invest in!

ON SUSTAINABLE / REGENERATIVE LIVESTOCK FARMING

HOW TO FARM SUSTAINABLY AND PROFITABLY

Copies of Pasture for Life, It can be done are available free of charge from the PFLA Office via: info@pfla.org.uk, or download your free copy now.


ENVIRONMENTAL LAND MANAGEMENT DESIGN AND THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF GRASS-FED LIVESTOCK IN COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

Read Jenny Phelps's FWAG blog on future soil management - https://www.fwagsw.org.uk/Blogs/fwagsouthwest/reflections-from-groundswell - and the second part which explains why the new ELM must be based on a public good valuation rather than agricultural set-aside - https://www.fwagsw.org.uk/Blogs/fwagsouthwest/environmental-land-management-design-and-support.

RESETTLEMENT EXERCISES

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Self-coaching for military personnel to start your personal estimate and plan for a successful resettlement.


Available under the Veterans tab or by clicking below.

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Fantastic initiative!

"You've really got something here. If you can make degree apprenticeships work for farming ... well, it's a game changer."


- RAU academic


A really good shout - thanks!

Whilst working with a small manufacturing business, we were able to offer a fresh perspective on restructuring a new enterprise ... making the apprentice position more financially stable for the business and professionally rewarding for the apprentice.


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