Free training events aimed at farmers in upland areas

Farmers with land in Severely Disadvantaged Areas are being offered free training sessions in Bellingham and Rothburn on changes to regulations.

Robert Sullivan
Robert Sullivan

With the many changes in farming regulations due to occur over the next year, Strutt & Parker’s Morpeth office is holding a series of free events par ticularly aimed at farmers with land in Severely Disadvantaged Areas (SDA).

The firm’s farm business consultant Robert Sullivan  said: “Upland farmers often work in some of the harshest conditions in UK farming. The limits of profitability have traditionally not been helped by the lower level of subsidy, and although the recently-announced uplift of these rates will be welcomed, there is still uncertainty over some of the other details in the new round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), not least over a replacement for UELS and HLS schemes.

“With the new legislation starting in 2015 it is imperative that farmers should be preparing for these changes as soon as possible.”

There will be four training events with each held twice, one in Rothbury and the other in Bellingham. The first session aims to help farmers who farm in the SDA consider how the new CAP affects their business, make educated decisions on 2015 farm policy and what they have to do to ensure they remain eligible for payment.

Following weeks will see a range of other topics discussed such as the practical advice on the importance of monitoring farm business performance, tenancy issues and law, and opportunities to be had from renewable energy. Event details are as follows:

CAP post-2015 for farms in the SDA - Monday February 17, Newcastle House, Rothbury; Thursday February, 20, Riverdale Hotel, Bellingham.

Tenancy issues for upland farmers - Monday, February 24, Newcastle House, Rothbury; Wednesday, February 26, Riverdale Hotel, Bellingham

Business Monitoring for upland farmers - Monday, March 3 - Newcastle House, Rothbury; Thursday, March 6, Riverdale Hotel, Bellingham

Resources and energy - Monday, March 10, Newcastle House, Rothbury; Thursday, March 13 - Riverdale Hotel, Bellingham.

These events are aimed at farmers with at least 50% of their land in the SDA, and are funded by Defra under the RDPE Skills programme.

To book your place at any of the events, contact Ben Rogerson in Strutt & Parker’s Morpeth office on 01670 500871 or email


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