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DEFRA announces new grants

New Grants for Farmers


New grants to support farming businesses have been announced by Defra.  The Countryside Productivity Scheme will help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve productivity through investing in new technology, such as robotics, to reduce cost or improve product quality.

It will also help farmers and food processors to invest in new equipment and machinery to improve the processing of milk, meat and fruit.

The grants will provide a funding of between £35,000 and £1 million for 40% of the costs and the ARC team are on hand to advise and support you.



Adding Value to Agri-food

  • Open to food processors and farmers
  • Open for Expressions of Interest until 29th June 2018
  • Projects should improve processing of primary agricultural products to shorten supply chains and deliver benefits to producers
  • Grants of 40% can help pay for equipment, machinery and buildings associated with all aspects of processing
  • Farmer controlled businesses (but not individual farmers) can apply for grants for grain processing and storage
  • Minimum grant: £35,000

Improving Farm Productivity

  • Open to farmers and growers only
  • Open for Expressions of Interest until 3rd December 2018
  • Specifically for projects that improve productivity through:
    • Use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production
    • Increasing the use of renewable energy generated on farm by improving energy storage and distribution
    • The use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production
    • More efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestates.
  • Grants are for 40% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £35,000


These schemes are in addition to the Water Resource Management and Improving Forestry Productivity schemes currently open.

All these schemes have criteria, which may limit equipment that is eligible, as well as the dates until which they are open.

In addition, there are other grant schemes available, such as LEADER, more suitable for smaller projects or other activities.

ARC can provide advice and support, if you’re considering a grant application for The Countryside Productivity Scheme, LEADER or other grants available.  Please visit our specialists’ page for more information.

To find out more about the Countryside Productivity Scheme visit

ARC Farming Business Course Launches

ARC team members: Judy Randon, Emma Finn, Martin Redfearn, Richard Rampton, Mike Appleyard and Emma Powlett

Farming businesses and the professional services companies which support them, will benefit from a new business training course which was launched at the Royal Norfolk Show.


The eight day residential course, to be held in 2018, is hosted by The Morley Agricultural Foundation, which supports farming in the East of England and is being developed and delivered by Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC).


ARC provides expert, practical advice to help rural businesses grow.


The course will focus on important aspects of running a business, from finance and business planning, to diversification and marketing.  There will be a strong emphasis on developing personal skills such as people management, negotiation and communication.  It will also provide a unique opportunity for delegates to develop, strong relationships with like-minded people, which could provide valuable, long term support and collaboration.


Richard Rampton, of ARC said: “Successful farming businesses need strong business leaders at their helm.


“We’ve identified a real need in the region to provide existing and future managers of farming businesses with the expert knowledge and skills to help drive forward their businesses.  The course will provide an exciting opportunity for delegates to learn from some of the most experienced farm business specialists in the East and be inspired by keynote speakers.”


Agricultural specialists in banks, accountants and legal firms will also benefit from the course, which will give them greater insight into the management of agricultural businesses.


John Wallace, Chairman of The Morley Agricultural Foundation said:  “We’re delighted to host ARC’s business training course at our premises and farm near Wymondham, Norfolk.  A core area of our work is to support further education in agriculture and we will be working closely with ARC to develop partnerships with agricultural colleges, organisations, trusts and foundations to support the course through funding and marketing.”


To register interest in the course or to discuss partnership opportunities:


Phone: 01508 470 347

Join us at the Norfolk Show

Want to have a chat about growing your business? If so, why not join us at the Royal Norfolk Show on Thursday 29th June 2017.    It’s a great place to meet old friends and new.  That’s why ARC is teaming up, once again, with the CLA – the Country Land and Business Association – and we’ll have a stand as part of their Rural Business Showcase in their marquee at Stand 146.


So pop along and let’s talk business:


Date:    Thursday 29th June

Time:   11am – 3pm

Venue: Royal Norfolk Show

Place:   CLA corporate marquee

Stand:  146

Join us at Suffolk’s biggest day out

Want to have a chat about growing your business? If so, why not join us at the Suffolk Show on Thursday 1st June 2017.    It’s a great place to meet old friends and new.


That’s why ARC are teaming up with the CLA – the Country Land and Business Association – and we’ll have a stand as part of their Rural Business Showcase 2017.


It really is Suffolk’s biggest day out and as it’s half term under 15s are free.


So pop along and see us:

Date:    Thursday 1st June

Time:   11am – 3pm

Venue:  Trinity Park near Ipswich

Place:   CLA corporate marquee

Stand:  710


We’ll also be joining the CLA at the Royal Norfolk Show which is held on the 28th and 29th June at the Norfolk Showground, just south of Norwich – so  get those dates in your diary and we’ll give you more details soon.

ARC Seminar

Farmer’s challenged to consider Brexit opportunities

Creating ‘profit bonds’ and taking advantage of Research and Development opportunities were just two of the ideas proposed post-Brexit at a seminar for agricultural and rural businesses, held in November.


50 leaders of rural businesses, including farmers and agricultural specialists, attended the event to gain insight into the future of the rural economy, post-Brexit and in light of the Government’s recent Autumn Statement.


The ‘Business for Change’ seminar was held at the regional Head Quarters of the National Farmers’ Union East Anglia and was developed by Anglia Rural Consultants, (ARC), to provide a sharp focus on the impact and implications of Government policies surrounding Brexit.


Keynote speaker Kit Papworth, the Director of L F Papworth, a leading contract farming business, challenged the audience to think differently, saying:


“Yields of many of our main arable crops are static at best.   Costs continue to rise and commodity prices are more volatile than ever.


“Meanwhile, according to NGOs, the environment is in rapid decline and the public finances of the UK are under significant pressure.   However, farmers are now enjoying huge support from the general public.   So, we must grasp the opportunity that Brexit has delivered.  It’s time to think differently, create some new ideas and fresh thinking, to help invest in our future.


“Farmers should create a ‘profit bond’; a tax free pot of cash created through profits and held by Government to help fund new projects, retirement plans and protect us from future market volatility.”


“Environmental stewardship is important and compulsory at a basic level, however, there should be a higher tier of environmental management which could be rewarded.”


Read the East Anglian Daily Times media coverage here.

Read the Eastern Daily Press media coverage here.