Coronavirus (Covid 19)

“Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers. Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. 

In response to the restrictions in force due to the coronavirus pandemic, Farming Connect has arranged a number of one-to-one surgeries, which are fully funded for registered individuals.   

“If you call the Farming Connect Service Centre in the morning and explain what you need,  we will do our best to match up your enquiry or concern with an appropriate expert the same day and quite often, you will have the support you need from one of our approved consultants within a matter of hours,” said Mrs. Williams.  She added that if any eligible farmers or foresters are not already registered with Farming Connect, this is a speedy process which can also be done over the phone by calling the Service Centre on 08456 000 813. 

The surgeries, all provided over the phone or digitally, are scheduled to continue until Farming Connect’s ‘normal’ face to face service provision can resume.  Each will usually last approximately one hour per individual.  They can cover topics ranging from regulatory compliance matters and business management – which can include for example legal, accountancy, planning and succession advice - to animal health and technical topics, managing people and diversification projects. 

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Latest News, Factsheets and Guidance

Click here for the latest information on how we will operate our services throughout the pandemic along with useful factsheets and guidance to support you in these uncertain times

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One-to-one Surgeries

Attending a one-to-one surgery will enable you to gain advice and guidance specific to your business in a confidential and trusted setting

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Weekly Webinars

Join us and industry experts for a wide range of topical webinars aimed at providing useful support and information to you during this uncertain time.

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Your Local Development Officer

Development officers can provide support at a local level. Click here to find their contact details and to view a map showing the areas that  they cover

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Advice

Our Advisory Service provides expert, independent, confidential and bespoke advice to farm and forestry businesses

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Skills and Training

Develop your skills, develop your confidence- you’ll soon find new ways to develop your business

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Ear to the Ground Podcast

‘Ear to the Ground’ is a brand-new podcast, the first of its kind to be available in both Welsh and English, that will share technical information, advice, support and inspiration to the farming community in Wales.

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E-learning

Our e-learning interactives cover a wide variety of topics which will help you develop new and existing skills, knowledge and improve working practices within your business

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Matching experienced farm and forestry mentors with mentees, providing 15 hours of one-to-one support to help you meet business, technical and business objectives

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With this exciting pack, it is an opportunity to educate children from different age groups in an enjoyable approach. There are a variety of activities on offer such as colouring in, creating animal masks, and opportunities to demonstrate the children’s design skills with many exciting competitions!