Family farms can now apply to take part in the highly successful The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, beginning in September in Louth, Lincolnshire.
Now in its third year, The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme offers free business support, skills and planning tuition, and one-to-one guidance to 20 small livestock and mixed family farm businesses.
Indicative research has shown that 9 out of 10 participants in the programme feel that they are now better at understanding their costs and working to a budget and over 75% say that they are now better at their business planning.
The Programme will be run by Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN) in Louth, and applications to take part are open until September 28th 2018.
The programme aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges faced by family farm businesses across the UK, and has a particular focus on preparing for uncertainty and transition.
Farmers who take part will be given the benchmarking skills to evaluate their viability and make informed decisions about the future by using the Business Health Check Tool.
The programme also brings together liked minded farm businesses in local networks, encouraging collaboration, helping farms to identify new opportunities, and share ideas and improvements that can be made on-farm to build resilience. 80% of farmers who have taken part say that they now feel as though they are part of a local farming community.
Developed off the back of The Prince’s Dairy Initiative, the £1.5 million programme supports up to 300 farm businesses in 15 locations across the UK each year.