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North Devon+ have announced that they will be running a new free series of workshops and support aimed at helping farmers in North Devon and Torridge to get to grips with all of the changes currently being experienced in the agricultural industry.

The workshops have been designed to help farmers find out more about opportunities to successfully grow their businesses and better understand and overcome the challenges to achieving this. The support will also be tailored to the type and style of farming farms are operating in or want to achieve, so that the outcome will be what's right for each business taking part in the scheme. In addition to the workshops the offer also includes sitting down 1-1 with one of North Devon+'s experienced agricultural advisors who can assess their business, make sense of the latest schemes such as the Sustainable Farming Incentive, and develop a plan to get them where they want to get to.

The workshop programme starts on 21 September and runs through to 12 October and includes:

Wednesday 21 September at 6.30pm

  • Understanding your farm financials - Trading accounts and performance - to drive business profit Delivered by: J. Herniman - Online

Thursday 6 October at 12:00 noon

  • Farm Diversification -Making the most of opportunities Delivered by: J. Herniman - Online

Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm   

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive - Looking at the opportunities it brings, will it work for your farm business? How to apply. Delivered by: J. Herniman - Online 

Wednesday 12 October at 6.30pm

  • Lets talk: family farm businesses - Communication, future planning, in-law factors Delivered by: J. Herniman - Online

Louise Adam - Programme Delivery Manager at North Devon + says: "We appreciate farming is an incredibly busy business area to be working in and quite often there is simply not enough time to sit down, take stock and plan your next move. Given the ever changing landscape of subsidies and incentives to diversify this can be a real minefield to understand and take-in. Hopefully, our workshops, 1-1 sessions and tailored plans can help with some of this complexity and as always we would be happy to answer any questions ahead of the programme. So to book or get more information please get in touch with one of the team."

To book any of the workshops or to chat to one of the advice team at North Devon+ farming businesses are being invited to visit their website, email or call 01237 428834.

The programme is part of the Thrive support initiative for non-ERDF businesses and is funded through Heart of the South West Growth Hub, Devon County Council Recovery and Back to Business funding.