The Wales Rural Network Support Unit (WRNSU) supports a forum to promote the exchange of expertise in rural development. WRNSU is open to anyone interested in rural development or involved with the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the schemes it funds.


Part of the Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) manages the delivery of the European Structural Funds Programmes in Wales.


Trade & Invest Wales is the official Welsh Government Foreign Direct Investment marketing initiative for Wales. They promote Wales as a base for businesses and support and facilitate those interested in locating here. Click on the photo to get redirected to Trade & Invest Wales is website. 

The First Minister will today, 15 June 2021 set out ambitious plans for a stronger, greener and fairer Wales as he launches the Programme for Government.

Our latest newsletter - A detailed summary of everything from our Celebrating Rural Wales Event on 9 & 10th June 2022.

WRN Newsletter

Wales Rural Network

News and events

News Utilising Farming Connect helps young farmer prepare for greater role on sheep farm
Farming Connect’s training and development opportunities have helped Ernie Richards learn about…
News Written Statement: Farming in Wales
First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS and Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales…
News Farming Connect’s Agri Academy – igniting that spark for a new generation of farming entrepreneurs and trailblazers
This spring, the Farming Connect Agri Academy Alumni totals exactly 300 people, each proud to…
Case study Rural Development Programme figures
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Sustainable Farming Scheme Consultation

This consultation is our final step in delivering the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS). It sets out our proposals, detailing:

  • how farmers will be rewarded for responding to the climate and nature emergencies, as well as producing food in a sustainable way
  • how the scheme meets the objectives of Sustainable Land Management (SLM)
  • support available
Find support for your land based business in Wales

The Farming Connect programme supports the development of a more professional, profitable and resilient land based sector. It comprises an integrated programme of knowledge transfer, innovation and advisory services designed to deliver greater sustainability, improved competitiveness, and improved environmental performance.

Case Study of the Month: Achieving better biodiversity compensation with added …

Aim of the project was to develop new innovative approach to aid economic development in NPT and to help halt and reverse the decline of biodiversity in Wales.

Current Schemes

This allocation of funding responds to the ending of the EU Rural Development Programme (RDP), which will close in 2023. It will ensure continuity of support for important actions previously funded under the RDP.