Advice, guidance, and webinars to help mitigate increasing prices of feed, fuel and fertiliser.
We are aware of the impact increasing input costs are having on agricultural producers. In particular, the price of:
We are closely monitoring the position via the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group (on gov.uk).
The following information includes advice, guidance, and webinars to help mitigate high prices. This includes:
- resources from Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Hybu Cig Cymru and Farming Connect
- information about BPS Advance Payments
- details of our schemes available to you
Cashflow - BPS advance payments
We are providing advance Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments again this year. This will help with cash-flow certainty. Our support will continue to help you, including:
- our commitment to continue the Basic Payment Scheme unchanged in 2023.
- extending Glastir contracts until the end of 2023
In April last year, we announced a package of support for:
- land managers
- food businesses
This is worth over £227 million over the next three financial years. These schemes are supporting the resilience of the rural economy.
Support to mitigate some of the impact of increasing fertiliser costs. It offers an opportunity to:
- graze cover crops in spring, and/or
- utilise the cover crop as green manure in the spring for use by the following crop
An application window for autumn crops will be open until 14 July. On 2 October, an application window will open for spring crops, and will close on 10 November.
This grant supports the growth of crops which provide:
- biodiversity and
- production benefits
These include protein crops, mixed leys (also known as herbal leys) and cover crops.
The support enables environmental enhancement and mitigation of increasing input costs by growing more home-grown forage.
With a vibrant horticulture sector, we aim to develop a sustainable agricultural industry.
It delivers a range of environmental, social and economic benefits. By growing more horticultural produce, people can access fresh and healthy local produce.
Two complementary schemes are available:
Supports new entrants into the Welsh horticulture sector. The last Expression of Interest (EoI) window opened on 11 April 2023 and closed on 20 May 2022.
Grants for existing commercial horticulture growers to invest in new technology and equipment. The next application window will be open between 4 September and 24 November.
Information and guidance to help agricultural producers facing rising costs for animal feed:
- Tackling silage costs and reducing waste (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Webinar: Clamp silage slippage – how to try and avoid slippage this season (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL) (on ahdb.org.uk)
Fully-funded sampling and advice clinics on soil and water quality.
Hybu Cig Cymru / Meat Promotion Wales
- Best practice in managing grassland, water, and soils (on meatpromotion.wales)
- Perfecting the Welsh Way (on meatpromotion.wales)
- Optimised Management of Upland Pasture – Webinar (on YouTube)
- Grasscheck GB Project (on meatpromotion.wales)
- New Project to Research Benefits of Grazing Systems (on meatpromotion.wales)
We are working with:
- UK government
- devolved governments
to track the price of fertiliser. This will help us consider any mitigating actions which we could take.
Information and guidance are available as follows:
- Cost benefit calculator for nitrogen fertiliser use on grassland (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Nitrogen fertiliser adjustment calculator for cereals and oilseeds (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Fertiliser information (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Blog: How should farmers manage costly nitrogen fertilisers? (on ahdb.org.uk)
- How best to respond to costly fertiliser nitrogen for use in 2022 (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Mitigating high fertiliser prices (Webinar) (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Growing grass: simple use of nutrients and fertiliser (Webinar) (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Make the most of your muck (Webinar) (on ahdb.org.uk)
- Nutrient Management Planning | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- Cut your losses: Maximising the benefits of a nutrient management plan | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- Grassland farmers can mitigate against impact on grass growth of applying less N | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- Rising Fertiliser costs encourage seasonal Soil Testing | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- Podcast - Give rotational grazing a try this Spring | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- Reducing N input through the use of clover at Mountjoy | Farming Connect (gov.wales)
- find business advice and support through Farming Connect (on businesswales.gov.wales)
- arrange a one-to-one on-farm clinic (on businesswales.gov.wales)
Farmwell Wales is an online information hub. You can get advice on personal and business resilience for you and your family.
We are aware of the difficulties many farmers are facing due to increasing costs. RPW is continuing to monitor the situation closely.
If farmers need to make changes to management practices which may impact on their ability to deliver Glastir commitments they should contact RPW immediately to request a derogation.
Full consideration will be given to all requests on a case by case basis. Annual payments may be affected where contract requirements cannot be delivered.
Details of the Glastir option and field number/s should be provided, along with as much information as possible regarding the circumstances leading to the request. Depending on the issue, supporting evidence may also be requested. Farmers must not deviate from their Glastir contract requirements before receiving approval from RPW.