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Support for farmers

Farms and our members who are farming will be feeling the effects of the Covid-19 crisis too. Classed as key workers, farmers and food producers are continuing to work to ensure they can feed the nation.

But farmers are not immune from the virus and are having to implement protective measures as well as cope with the potential of a reduced workforce if they become ill.

YFCs are being encouraged to support their farming communities during this challenging time and many have already stepped up to do this.

There are also a number of ways you can seek support if you are working in the farming industry.

YFC AGRI

Agriculture and rural life lies at the heart of the YFC organisation. YFC AGRI is a dedicated group for all those with an interest in agriculture and the countryside. During the Covid-19 crisis we will aim to keep members informed of issues affecting the industry.  

Support growers

HOPS, which is owned by NFYFC, has launched Picker – a new App that makes it simple for farmers to list vacancies on their farm and for workers in the UK to post their experience and apply for jobs directly to the farm. Picker will automatically handle all payment and HMRC compliant payroll – removing this hassle for farm businesses. For more information and for links to download the App visit here

A Pick for Britain website has also been launched, which is a joint public sector and industry initiative to bring together those who are looking for work on UK farms over the harvest period with recruiters who have roles to fill. The website signposts people to the jobs available and provides information about this type of work. HOPS is one of the labour providers listed on the site.

Enquiries about the hub can be sent to: accesstolabourfoodchain@defra.gov.uk and also be aware of the Find A Job site.

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Farming Help

If you’re taking part in a local community support group – with or without your YFC – you could be part of the Farming Help database.

The five Farming Help charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by the Prince's Countryside Fund - have set up Farming Help to support the farming community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Helpline (03000 111 999), operated by FCN, is open 7am - 11pm every day of the year.

FCN is also helping the farming community to build personal and business resilience during this challenging time. Its FarmWell website  provides a wealth of information and guidance around topics such as Brexit, Covid-19, mental health, faith and spirituality and much more. FarmWell Wales has recently been created through a joint collaboration between various government bodies and rural support charities including the Welsh Government, FCN, Farming Connect, the DPJ Foundation, Tir Dewi, The Addington Fund, Mind Cymru, Mind Monmouthshire and R.A.B.I.

NFYFC has asked all County Federations to share information about organisers of community groups operating in their areas. Make sure your County has passed on information about your group.

NFU

The NFU has a raft of information and support available to its members about managing your farming business during the Coronavirus. Some of this information is available to everyone while some will be behind a member login. NFYFC members can join the NFU for free though – so worth considering if you are in need of regular updated advice.

The NFU has also launched an information gathering service on behalf of the agricultural and horticultural industries across the UK to assist the government in building a dynamic and up-to-date picture of the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on farmers and growers. This service is not just for NFU members – it is for all farmers and growers across the UK. The feedback will be used to flag key issues in daily updates to Government. Share views in the NFU's online form

Support for dairy farmers

The RABDF is posting the latest news and advice on its news pages for dairy farmers – including advice on protecting staff on the farm during the crisis and Q&As on getting to grips with the Covid-19 milk supply issue. 

There are also a series of online webinars about mental health available for the Women in Dairy group. 

You can also complete an online survey to help RABDF collate information to share with Government about the need for financial support for the sector – see here: www.rabdf.co.uk/survey.  

Find out more at www.rabdf.co.uk 

AHDB has launched Milk Your Moments – a £1m dairy industry marketing campaign to drive consumption of milk and other dairy products, by inspiring moments of connection as people stay apart due to coronavirus. The campaign is funded by AHDB, Dairy UK, Defra, Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to address the fall in milk sales due to the closure of foodservice caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign will also raise money for mental health charity Mind. To take part in the campaign, see the information and resources for farmers here.  

New dairy support package

A new fund opened on 18 June 2020 that enables eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. See more here. 

To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers in England need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020. Qualifying farmers are entitled to up to £10,000 each to cover 70% of their losses across April and May incurred as a result of a drop in price, following a reduced demand for milk with the closure of restaurants, bars, and cafes in recent months.

Bounce back plan for agriculture

A ‘bounce back’ plan of trade measures for the agriculture, food and drink industry has been announced today to help support businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus.

The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade activity overseas. More information can be found here.

Agricology virtual events

As events across the country are cancelled and postponed Agricology will work with our partners to take farm walks, shows, conferences and meetings into the digital world. Bringing together farmers, researchers and advisors in conversation - on webinars, videos and podcasts. This will include a series of ‘virtual field days’ focused on different practices and themes over the coming months.  

You can see the full programme of virtual activities and find out how to take part here.  

Useful industry links

Government Food and Farming updates 

Updates from Defra during Coronavirus 

The National Farmers Union Coronavirus information and updates 

AHDB advice for farmers and growers

Business support from the Government 

TB testing and control measures in GB cattle during the Covid-19 outbreak

 Environment agency update 

 Forestry Commission update

 The Veterinary Medicines Directorate update 

Information from the Environment Agency on dry weather impacts and actions

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