This year’s program is
open to up to 300 farms, and focuses upon different skills taken in from seven
workshops. These skills are designed to maximise profitability and resilience.
The range of topics includes business planning, understanding accounts and
budgeting. All the workshops are designed to help farmers explore new opportunities
for their farm.
The programme will
also help by giving one-to-one farm support and a health check where your farms
strengths and weakness are determined and cost comparisons are made with
similar size farms, allowing a farm to be able to see if he is spending to much
on a certain area and work out why.
With this background
of uncertainty at the moment and years of declining farm gate prices the
Resilience Programme aims to help farms keep their businesses open in order to
help benefit both the owners and the local community they provide work for.
The Environment agency
is working with the River Stewardship Company to deliver a Pilot project aiming
to reduce the risk of flooding and create a better natural habitat. The site of
this Pilot project is a small sheep farm near Earby on the boarder of Yorkshire
The flood risk management trial will be focusing on the land near the River Aire and will focus on natural flood management, the creation of wetlands, leaky barriers to slow the flow of rainwater and hedge planting are all proposals this project aims to test.
This work is part of the wider program been funded by Leeds City Council which aims to work with nature not against it in order to reduce the flow of water from upstream so the landscape has more time to absorb the water. It is hoped that this pilot project along side the wider NFM program will encourage more landowners to take part showing the benefits of the project while maintain arable land that can be used by farmers while reducing flood risk.