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Have your say on online waste exemption registration
The Environment Agency and Defra are looking to consult with farmers, farm managers and agronomists who use the waste exemptions service on the Gov.uk website to understand how they might like the renewal process to work. EA and Defra are working on improvements to the way waste exemptions are registered online to make the process faster and more efficient. The consultation process will involve telephone feedback and potentially taking part in a webinar to trial run the system. To take part in the survey please contact Emi Carmichael at Defra.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zone/Drinking water safeguard zone map published
The final map showing Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and drinking water safeguard zones has been published by the Environment Agency. 55% of England’s total area is designated an NVZ.
Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership launch new air quality programme
The partnership between Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England has launched a new £3 million programme to reduce air pollution from farming. The programme will support farmers to take action to reduce harmful ammonia emissions and is in addition to the existing Catchment Sensitive Farming programme of advice to improve water quality and prevent flooding from farmed land. The money will fund a team of specialists who will work with farmers and landowners in priority areas to implement the measures to reduce their ammonia emissions. The team will provide training events, tailored advice, individual farm visits and support with grant applications. For further information please visit this page.
Habitats Specialist for Tame Valley vacancy at WkWT
The post will deliver a range of grant funded projects on rivers, canals and wetlands across the Tame Valley Wetlands and wider Warwickshire. Utilising techniques such as biological controls for non-native invasive species, natural flood management and the re-naturalisation of rivers the post holder will work with a range of partners and landowners to restore the ecological condition of wetlands, control invasive species, reduce flooding and help to create a more resilient landscape. Projects will aim to work at a landscape scale, helping to create bigger, better, more joined up areas for the benefits of key species like otter and water voles. Salary is £19,380 – £26,520. Fixed term to March 2020. Closing date is 4 November. For further information please visit this page.
Wetlands Project Officer vacancy at WkWT
The post will deliver a range of grant funded projects on rivers, canals and wetlands across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Utilising techniques such as natural flood management and the re-naturalisation of rivers the post holder will work with a range of partners and landowners to restore the ecological condition of wetlands, reduce flooding and help to create a more resilient landscape. Projects will aim to work at a landscape scale, helping to create bigger, better, more joined up areas for the benefits of key species like otter and water voles. Salary is £19,380 – 26,520. Fixed term to Feb 2020. Closing date is 4 November. For further information please visit this page.
North Warwickshire LEADER programme is inviting expressions of interest
The North Warwickshire LEADER programme opened Monday 15 October 2018 to new Expressions of Interest. The call does not have a definite closing date but the advice for applicants is ‘Once there are enough sufficient quality project Expressions of Interest the LAG will close for any new applications.’ There are two priorities:
Forestry Productivity Grants (£2,500 – £75,000) – for small/medium forestry contracting businesses that aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs.
Micro and Small Enterprise Grants (£4,000 – £75,000) – for SMEs with under 50 employees aiming to deliver a project that will have an impact on the local rural economy. This can include the creation of new jobs, increased turnover, creation of new products or use of new technologies.
For further information please contact the LEADER programme team.
Tel: 01827 719271
The attached flyer shows the area in North Warwickshire which is eligible for the funding.
Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme is extended
The government has committed £30 million for further rounds of the popular Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which helps farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields. This will include equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pig farmers, as well as precision farming and resource management equipment for arable farmers. The first round of funding for small grants was launched in February 2018.
The next application window will open in early 2019, with over £30 million available for future funding rounds for farmers. For further information please visit this page.
Improve calf health
The cross-industry cattle antibiotics group has launched a new initiative to improve calf health, with the aim of encouraging more farmers to engage in proactive health planning. The campaign covers all parts of the beef and dairy calf production systems and will focus on three key areas: identification and appropriate treatment, review planning and disease prevention. Click here to find out more about the campaign
Consultation on HS2 Phase 2 Environment Statement
A consultation on the draft environmental statement for the HS2 Phase 2b route has been opened. The consultation, which closes on 21 December, outlines where land will be affected by the scheme and how much would potentially be taken. HS2 will be writing to those landowners who are affected and offering them one to one sessions. Visit this page to respond to the consultation.
New smartphone app to monitor crops with drone
A new smartphone app offering farmers a cheaper and easier way to monitor their crops with a drone is due to be launched. The Skippy Scout app will fly the drone and collect high-resolution images at various points in a field. The images are then downloaded to the phone ready to be analysed for crop growth stage, green area index, the presence of weeds and disease. The Skippy Scout app will be free during its launch and testing phases, during November 2018. Farmers can sign up for early access at the Drone Ag website.
Grants for free-range egg producers
Grants up to a maximum £1,000 are on offer for people aged under 40 working within the free range egg industry. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is offering the grants through its Next Generation Programme. The programme will support study trips, travel, training courses, conference registration fees and research projects. Applicants must either hold a BFREPA membership or work in a business which is a member of the organisation.
Congratulations to Warwickshire-based Farmers’ Weekly Awards winners
Two Farmers’ Weekly Awards have been won by Warwickshire-based entrants. Will and Charlie Moreton of Welsh Road Farm, Offchurch won the Diversification Farmers of the Year Award for their innovative wild-running WOLF event which sees competitors take part in a 10km run across rough terrain featuring 25 man-made and natural obstacles, including lakes, fallen trees, bale stacks and a 100m waterslide. And the Rev Dr Gordon Gatwood won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gordon is former a Chief Executive of the Arthur Rank Centre at Stoneleigh, oversaw the establishment of the Addington Fund, has served as a Methodist minister in rural areas for over 20 years and is a Trustee of several rural-based charities. We would like to offer our congratulations to all three winners.
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