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
Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
Tuesday 19 November 2019
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
Professor Alastair Driver (Rewilding specialist)
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.
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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.
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
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!
HOW TO FARM SUSTAINABLY AND PROFITABLY
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.
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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