Agricultural Policy

BVA look for support with petition on business rates

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has joined forces with a number of other healthcare professionals to launch a petition on business rates relief.

Businesses in other sectors, such as retail and childcare, have been eligible for some form of business rates relief across the UK. This petition calls on the Government to allow veterinary practices to access the same financial support offered to other businesses during the pandemic.

The FUW previously wrote to Welsh Economy Minister, Ken Skates, to ensure that covid-19 did not lead to future reductions in veterinary capacity and to ensure that those roles which protect our status as producers of safe quality food are protected.

The petition can be found here. Template letters are also available on the BVA website for people to send to their local MPs or representatives.

New free tractor situation awareness app now available

The NTSag Team at the University of Aberdeen which carries out research on farm safety has recently launched a new tractor situation awareness app - SA Go.

The app makes their original tractor situation awareness checklist easily accessible in order to carry out routine checks and address any issues through practical advice before using agricultural machinery.

After a number of uses, the app will also highlight recurring issues in an attempt to improve farm safety and reduce incidents by addressing bad machinery use habits. The app does not share any personal data and complies with data protection guidelines. Only the individual user can access their own history and data.

The app can be downloaded onto both apple and android devices and be used with or without internet connection. Full instructions and details can be viewed here.

On average, there are 33 fatalities as a result of agricultural related activities every year across the UK; with machinery incidents being the biggest cause.

 

Survey aims to gather information on connecting producers and consumers

A small team looking at food resilience have prepared a survey in an attempt to gather information from producers and consumers to promote local food production.

The data collected will be used to create a new digital solution for reconnecting local producers with their consumers. The survey for both consumers and producers can be found here. All details will be anonymous.

 

Expression of Interest Window Dates June 2020

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BPS Greening Requirements

The three crop rule crop diversification requirements for the 2020 BPS year will no longer apply. Seed receipts need not be submitted however Ecological Focus Area requirements remain in place.

The system cannot be changed at this late date to stop warnings appearing on the SAF when the three crop rule is not met - a message will therefore appear and can be ignored.

 
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC)

The 9th Expression of Interest window has been extended to the end of July
The scheme provides financial support for capital works including planting, fencing and in certain circumstances, annual maintenance and premium payments.
You must contact a registered planner to discuss your proposals and they must then complete and submit an EOI on your behalf.
The land put forward to be planted must be registered with the Rural Payment Wales Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) and be under your full management control.
See here for further information and to express an interest.

31 July 2020
Glastir Commons

The deadline for claiming the Glastir Commons grant is 10th July 2020.

10 July 2020
Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators Due to the covid pandemic, RPW have confirmed that the deadline for Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators capital works has been extended to 30 September 2020 so that work can be conducted in September after the hedge cutting closed period. 30 September 2020

FUW welcomes funding to support Welsh dairy farmers through COVID-19

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has welcomed new funding measures to support Welsh dairy farmers through COVID-19, following an announcement by Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths.

Eligible dairy farmers - who have lost more than 25% of their income in April and subsequently May - will be entitled to up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income.

Large numbers of Welsh dairy farmers have been hit hard by the seismic changes to dairy supply chains that have occurred as a result of the current pandemic, with many facing devastating financial losses. With farmers unable to access many of the Government’s support schemes due to the eligibility criteria, the Welsh Government package is a welcome lifeline, even though losses on many farms would far exceed the support that has been announced - with some suffering losses that amount to many tens of thousands more than what is being offered.

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COVID-19 - Important Information for our members and customers

 

In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

Members and customers should continue to contact us as they would, as all our team can be contacted via the usual phone numbers. 

We will be making sure that our service levels are maintained. SAF/IACS appointments will carry on as normal but will be conducted over the phone. 

Contact details for your local office can be found here: https://www.fuw.org.uk/en/contact-us 

 

Important links relating to the Coronavirus:


The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses): https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus

Senedd Research Blog: https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/