UPDATE: Farming Equipment and Technology Fund Open Now

Calf Housing Grant now open for Stage 1

The Rural Payments Agency have released details of a new Calf Housing Grant, with Stage 1, the online checker now available. The grant is offering up to 40 % of all eligible costs to build, upgrade or replace calf housing buildings. The aim of the grant is to improve calf welfare by providing housing with […]

Posted on September 12th, 2023 by

Countryside Stewardship 2023: 2 weeks left to apply!

The application window for Countryside Stewardship 2023 ends on the 18th August 2023. Whilst we are still busy making Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship applications for our clients, recent scheme changes have meant more of our clients are now opting to wait for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) instead. Whilst Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship still has a place […]

Posted on August 4th, 2023 by

Farming Equipment & Technology Fund – What’s new?

Alex Stafford Clark takes a look at some of the finer detail of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund Round 2.  The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is opening for Round 2 and while the essence of the grant remains the same, there are some exciting developments. Unlike Round 1, the FETF 2023 has […]

Posted on February 24th, 2023 by

Improved Farming Equipment & Technology Fund set to open for Round 2

The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is set to open for a second round in 2023. An announcement has been made today that a new and improved FETF round is due to open, later this month for Productivity and Slurry Items, and in March for Animal Health and Welfare items. The grant continues to […]

Posted on February 9th, 2023 by

Increased payments for Countryside Stewardship and Sustainable Farming Incentive

Mark Spencer, DEFRA Farming Minister has recently (5th January 2023) announced Countryside Stewardship (CS) payments are to rise by an average of 10%. Capital payments will rise by an average of 48%. This is alongside other announcements which aim to make entering and administrating the scheme simpler and fairer. Feedback from farmers has led to […]

Posted on January 9th, 2023 by

Standards launching under SFI June 2022

Following the announcement that the Sustainable Farming Incentive will launch in June 2022 we have outlined the two standards we think will be most popular from the initial offering. Arable and Horticultural Soils Standard  The arable and horticultural soils standard will be available from the launch of the SFI in June 2022 at an introductory […]

Posted on March 30th, 2022 by

Sustainable Farming Incentive to launch in June 2022

Today we had had an announcement from DEFRA that the Sustainable Farming Incentive will launch in June 2022 along with confirmation of what initial standards will be available and the accompanying payment rates. As the launch of SFI nears we will publish more detailed information but for now set out a basic overview of the […]

Posted on March 30th, 2022 by


The long awaited Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is now open for applications. As expected the scheme is very similar to the former Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme and offers 40% grant funding for investment into technology and equipment to improve sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestry productivity. Whilst predominantly the same, there are a […]

Posted on November 16th, 2021 by

Catchment Sensitive Farming – expansion to all farms

Yesterday, DEFRA announced the expansion of its Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme to cover every farm in England by March 2023. The CSF programme is a partnership between DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency which offers farmers on-farm one-to-one advice in order to reduce water and air pollution. Currently CSF support is only available […]

Posted on August 3rd, 2021 by