Few days left for signups to the Princes Farm Resilience Programme

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.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Small Grant Scheme gets a larger pot of money

A government funded small grant scheme where famers can buy the equipment required for growth and improvement on their farms is still open, but the deadline is fast approaching. There is still plenty of money available for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, which can be used for purchases that either improve technical efficiency, resource management, nutrient management and animal health and welfare.

These grants can be used to cover 40 percent of the cost of purchase (50% if you are in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly) for equipment that matches the criteria and for a value of between £3,000 – £12,000. Famers who have already applied in the first round of applications can do so again providing the total of both applications still comes below the value of £12,000. The deadline for all applications is Midday on Tuesday 3rd September. Once an application has been made and the deadline passed the Rural Payments Agency will contact famers to inform them on if it has been successful or not.

It is advised that famers check with the suppliers regarding delivery for the Items as any approved applications must be claimed within 150 days of been accepted to order, receive and pay for the equipment before the claim becomes invalid. Any equipment on the agreement would have to also be ordered after the agreement was made as well as evidence Invoices and Bank statements provided in order for farmers to successfully be repaid the money for their investment.

Bayer & Bosch making smart sprayer.

Smart sprayer.

German agrochemical giant Bayer has teamed up with Bosch to develop a smart sprayer system which could reduce chemical usage by 20%. It will automatically detect the type of weeds and switch the herbicide in use as well as only target the areas where weeds are present. Very interesting. Find out ways TractAir can help you plant  and harvest crops more efficentlly here with AirBrakes and CTIS.

DEFRA minister George Eustice to put soil ‘at heart’ of post-Brexit support scheme

Protecting and enhancing soil health is expected to be ‘at heart’ of a flagship environment scheme by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This new type of scheme could be at the centre of the governments agricultural policy’s for post-Brexit Britain. These comments where made at the Tenant Farmers Association conference at Stoneleigh.

Scotland considering living wage for all agricultural workers

NFU Scotland has raised concerns over the plan which would raise the minimum wage for all agricultural workers regardless of age and duty. This would mean far higher expenditure for farmers who employ workers. NFUS has warned that as a result farmers may have to turn to contractors in the future in order to keep down costs during a time of falling incomes, as well as greatly increasing the cost of Scottish food in comparison to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Glyphosate renewal vote ends in Stalemate.

Fresh doubt has been cast over the future usage of Glyphosate after EU member states failed to agree on a proposal to renew its licence. On Thursday the 9th The Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed met to discuss the European Commission proposal to renew Glyphosate however failed to do so, following an exchange of views from representatives of the member states.

Cambridgeshire famer Tim Breitmeyer becomes new CLA president.

New CLA president reveled.

Mr Breitmeyer succeeds Ross Murray as the 53rd president in the CLA’s 110-year history. Mr Breitmeyer comes to the head of the organisation during a time of great change for the agricultural sector and has said “It is an opportunity to do better for farming, for our environment and wider land use and for investment in rural communities. I look forward to leading the association as we play our role in shaping policy at this crucial time.” The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales. Mr Breitmeyer himself farms 1,600 acres as well as contract-farming a further 3,200 acres. We wish him the best of luck as the new CLA president.

NFU calling on president Junker to reauthorise Glythosate.

A joint letter released by four farming unions NFU, NFU Cyrmu, NFU Scotland and the Ulster farmers’ Union has been sent to president Junker, EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan and Eu health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. The letter comes as the European Commission decided to not extend the Glythosate products licence beyond the next 5 years. Experts predict that with no current viable alternative available that their will be far reaching consequences from not reauthorising Glythosate.

TractAir Wins Innovation Award at Lamma Show

We won an award!

We’re delighted and honoured to announce that TractAir Ltd has won the Innovation award in Best Product or Innovation in Mechanical Crop Production Equipment at the Lamma Show 2017.  We’re deeply grateful for this recognition and also for our certification which we shall display proudly on our premises.

We’d like to thank the organisers of Lamma 2017 as well as the staff and judges of the awards. And, very importantly, we’d like to thank you, our clients and suppliers, whose continued support makes the mission for creating safer environments possible.

A big thank you to all the staff at TractAir Ltd, keep up the good work.

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