Time running out to access EU Aid funding

Published 26 June 17

Livestock farmers across England have until 7 July to sign up for a free one-to-one on farm consultation funded under the EU Adjustment Aid Scheme designed to improve farmers’ resilience and competitiveness.

Over 220 farmers have already signed up for the consultation after attending one of a series of AHDB workshops held around the country. With no more sessions planned, AHDB Dairy has created a webinar version of the workshop so that farmers can still benefit from the support.

Farmers must watch the pre-recorded webinar and complete a number of worksheets which encourage them to think about their long-term goals and the risks facing their business in order to access a one on one farm consultation.

Once submitted, AHDB will allocate a local consultant to undertake a high level review of the business with a focus on risk management – this will take approximately three hours. Farmers will then receive a personalised action plan that identifies strategies to mitigate risk. 

Rachael Chamberlayne AHDB Dairy’s Technical Manager said: “Failure to have a plan in place to deal with risks can mean farms may not be as competitive or sustainable as farmers would like. This initiative is one way we can help farmers plan for the future and thrive in a post-Brexit world.”

“The workshops have shown that once farmers spend time thinking about what they want their business to achieve, they quickly identify the risks to that plan and potential actions to deal with those risks. I encourage any livestock farmers or managers who are involved in long term planning and managing risk to sign up promptly as places are limited.” continued Rachael.

Defra announced its plans at the end of last year on how it was investing over £15m funding from the EU Commission in England, as part of a £25.6m package that comes through the EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid Scheme.

The funding is being used in several ways - including this series of workshops and consultations led by AHDB to help counter future volatility and support dairy producers who have been hit by recent market volatility.

While the initiative is primarily aimed at dairy farmers, beef and pork producers are welcome to get involved too. Farmers can access the webinar and worksheets by visiting dairy.ahdb.org.uk/risk