FFRF: Bolster your farm resilience

First published: 01 October 2022

Sheepdog watching sheep from a quad bike.  Sheep are behind a gate and the dog is on the rear of the quad bike.  The Yorkshire Dales are in the background.
October sees the launch of the final phase of Defra's Future Farming Resilience Fund, offering free professional advice and support for farmers across the region

Running from October until March 2025 is the next and final phase of the government's Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF), which is seen as a critical element in the drive to help farm businesses adjust to future challenges.

Funding for 17 organisations

Government funding of £32m has been awarded to 17 organisations who bid to deliver a range of different advice packages – some nationally, some in specific parts of the country.

The support on offer will range from one-to-one consultations and farm visits, followed up by recommendations in a report, to workshops, webinars, tours and networking opportunities to help farmers get support from each other.

Providers will have access to the latest information from Defra, so they’ll be able to give up-to-date advice on topics including lump sum payments and retirement options, if appropriate.

Help for businesses to plan for the future

The goal is to help individual businesses understand how they will be affected by forthcoming changes and plan for the future. The fund is expected to provide advice and support for up to 32,000 farmers and land managers across England.

Anyone receiving BPS is eligible to apply, but each provider is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, so interested members are advised to sign up sooner, rather than later.

The NFU has actively supported the development of the FFRF over the last two years and will continue to be involved in this final phase, with regional offices engaging with their local providers.

What kind of services will be on offer locally?

Each provider will have a different offering, but to illustrate the kind of support available, GSC Grays has the following plans so far:

GSC GRAYS will provide individually customised farm business advice to 1,650 farms in the North of England.

One-to-one support

  • Initial half-day farm business diagnostic with potential bespoke follow-up advice including: half-day consultations, in depth two-day review.

Group support

  • Farm walks and workshops
  • Business group meetings
  • Webinars
Look out for regional activity this autumn

As a result, regional activity will ramp up this autumn to highlight the support available and help members make the most of it.

A range of organisations will be involved specifically across Yorkshire and the North East including GSC Grays, JH Agri Consultancy, Laurence Gould Partnership, The Prince's Countryside Fund and Brown & Co.

For a full breakdown by county of organisations offering support visit GOV.UK | Get free business advice for your farm

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