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CFE Newsletter - October 2020

A look at farming, the environment and our work on behalf of our members.


An update on the work of Championing the Farmed Environment.

A partnership of agricultural, environmental and governmental bodies promoting good environmental management through productive farming practices.

Farming organisations set out proposals for future ELMs programme

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Farming organisations including CFE partners the NFU, CLA, TFA, GWCT and LEAF have joined forces to propose a Sustainable Food and Farming Scheme that should form the scope and approach of the government’s forthcoming ELMs programme.

You can find further details and read the full White Paper here.

NFFN podcast and report 'Nature Means Business' released

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The Nature Friendly Farming Network have published their latest report: Nature Means Business: Establishing the Balance Between Food Production and Improving Nature.

You can also listen to their latest podcast 'Farming with Nature on the Emerald Isle' with Michael Meharg, Ben Eagle and Will Evans.

Future Farming Resilience support available in Yorkshire, Herefordshire, North Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

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Are you worried about the future of your farming business? Don’t miss the chance to get free advice from experts.

The Defra Future Farming Resilience Fund will support farmers and landowners as they prepare for the Agricultural Transition period, by providing information, tools, and advice. This pilot project is currently available to farming businesses in Yorkshire, Herefordshire, North Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

The full programme of support includes free webinars (27 and 29 October) and follow-up one-to-one support.

Click here for further details.

British Grassland Society launches new website

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With no on-farm events taking place this summer, staff at BGS have used their time to develop a new website. It has a clean, fresh look, is easy to navigate and includes a wide range of information for both members and non-members.

New NFU Landscape and Access report available online

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The NFU has launched a new report which showcases "the extensive role British farming plays in maintaining the nation’s iconic landscapes, and sets out how future policy needs to enable farmers to continue this pivotal role".

You can read the report online here.

NFYFC net zero video competition 1st round winners announced

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Two young farmers have been announced as winners of the 1st round of the NFYFC Climate Challenge, which asked young farmers to record a short video sharing actions and ideas that could help the industry reach its ambition of net zero by 2040. Further details here 

The 2nd round is open now though the NFYFC website.

£25 million available to help farmers boost productivity through the Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme

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Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment which helps businesses improve productivity; producing more with less and reducing environmental impact.

Application to the scheme is open until noon on November 4th.

Click here for further details.

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Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this newsletter, if you do spot any errors or omissions, please contact the CFE Project Office.

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