Bowland farmers invited to find out more about planned changes in agriculture

8 February 2021

Farmers in Bowland are being invited to online meetings this month to hear more about the future direction of farming policy and support payments, including the new Environmental Land Management system and changes to the existing Countryside Stewardship schemes.

Following the publishing of the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan in November 2020, farming is set to undergo significant change over the next few years.  The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has joined with The Farmer Network to offer local farmers the chance to find out more about some of these changes and to ask what support and advice they might need during this transition period.

The online webinar will be held via Zoom and there are a choice of two dates:  Wednesday 17th February from 7.30pm – 9pm or Friday 19th February from 12.30pm – 2pm.

Places on the webinar are free, but interested farmers need to book in advance for their chosen date by ringing the Farmer Network on 01768 868615 or by emailing [email protected]

Speakers will include Adam Day and Veronica Waller of The Farmer Network and Sarah Robinson Farming and Wildlife Officer from the Forest of Bowland AONB.

Anyone unfamiliar with using Zoom can call The Farmer Network beforehand and will be given advice on how to join in.

The Forest of Bowland AONB have also commissioned The Farmer Network to conduct a survey with local farmers to determine what support might be needed going forward and how this should be supplied locally.

Ruth Kendal from the Farmer Network will be conducting the survey via telephone interviews and any farmers wishing to take part should ring Ruth on 07397985324 or email her on [email protected]

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