Free advice to help producers tap into funding

19 May 2020

A top farm business guru will be offering free advice to dairy producers on how to access a host of funding opportunities in the first in a series of practical webinars, organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).

Rural business advisor Simon Haley will talk through the range of funding opportunities available to producers on Thursday May 21.

Offer tips

These will include the latest round of Countryside Stewardship Grants and the Countryside Productivity Scheme, as well as funds such as the Henry Plumb Foundation.

He will also offer some tips on the ways that producer can tap into funds they may not have been aware of. “Money has never been at a lower rate to borrow and, during this webinar, I will be encouraging producers to think outside the box,” says Mr Haley.

“Not only will I detail the schemes and loans on offer, but I will also explain how producers can apply for them, what information they need to apply, and how they can benefit their farm.”

Think strategically

Mr Haley will be encouraging producers to think strategically about how certain funding schemes can be used.

“The Bounce Back Loan Scheme, recently announced by the Government, may not be something that producers have thought about applying for, but it could be a clever way of funding some capital expenditure with low rates of interest.

“There has never been a better time to borrow money," he added

Free event

Producers wishing to watch the webinar live at 11am on May 21 and ask questions need to register for the free event at

The RABDF is running three other webinars including:

  • Optimising mastitis treatment for your farm (with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s Kath Aplin) at 11am on Tuesday May 26. 
  • Health and safety on the farm (with The Farm Consultancy Group’s Cari Beard) at 11am on Thursday May 28.
  • Maintaining productivity from pasture through the summer ( with grazing expert Piers Badnell) at  on Thursday June 4.