What’s Happening in Wales?

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows


Glastir Woodland Creation

The expression of interest window for Glastir Woodland Creation is now open. The closing date has been extended to 31 July 2020.
There have been a number of changes to the application process for Glastir Woodland Creation. Important information on these changes is available in the guidance on our website.pollin

Glastir Small Grants: landscape and pollinators 2019

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the claim deadline has been extended until 30 September 2020. All claims must be submitted by this date.msbf

Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

MSBF is an investment fund for projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.



Supplementary Guidance note for LEADER Local Action Groups and their Administrative Bodies 

LEADER is re-purposing its activities for the rest of the programme this does not replace existing guidance but there is supplementary guidance to assist.



Dairy Support Scheme

The Welsh Dairy Support Scheme application aimed at supporting dairy producers to maintain production capacity during coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available on RPW Online and will close on 14 August.

Farming Connect


Live broadcasts to connect farmers with Farming Connect demonstration farm projects

As a result of the temporary suspension of its on-farm events this summer, Farming Connect will bring a series of live digital broadcasts from its demonstration sites to continue their engagement with farmers during the current pandemic. All events are scheduled to start at 19:30 and will be streamed live via the Zoom platform.

Help and Support for Farmers in Wales


Consultation to tackle supply chain issues across UK dairy sector launched

A consultation to tackle supply chain issues across the UK dairy sector and provide new fairer conditions for milk contracts has today been launched by UK Governments.farmwell

FarmWell Wales

FarmWell Wales provides Welsh farmers with the most up-to-date information and details of support services. This can help them and their businesses stay resilient through times of change and volatility.fc covid

Farming Connect – Coronavirus (Covid 19) “Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. liaison

Farm Liaison Service

Confidential, one-to-one guidance and support. If you need to discuss any issues contact one of the Farm Liaison Service staff.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Welsh Government – COVID-19; (Coronavirus)

Keep Wales safe:

  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors 
  • work from home if you can

Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.

Rural Payments Wales (RPW) statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) news

COVID-19 LEADER Activities

COVID-19 Business & Sector specific Newsletters

Are there any activities in your area to support communities during the pandemic, email any information to ruralnetwork@gov.uk.

Wales Skills Matching Service

A new online service, which will match employers with jobseekers looking for agricultural, land and veterinary work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has been launched.

Food & Drink Wales – North Wales Economic Ambition Board 

We have produced a Business survey to focus on the impact of COVID-19, how it has affected local businesses and their industries with a view to understanding what needs to be done to spark and support a revival when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

News stories from Wales


Announcing Farming Connect’s Agri Academy Class of 2020 – waiting to zoom into action!

Chicory could hold key to higher lamb DLWG at Denbighshire sheep farm

TUCK IN – sharing insights on marketing in a crisis

Claw Bands Help Welsh Lobsters Stand Out In The Home Crowd

Welsh sheep famers’ opinions needed

Local food and drink website announced

Key local bus service to be maintained until December

New site highlights employment in crucial period for food and drink sector

Retail Figures Show Growth in Red Meat Sales

Natural Resources Wales


Natural Resources Wales consultation launched

A consultation on changes to guidance for assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments has been launched by Natural Resources Wales and will close on 31 August 2020.



Preparing Wales website

Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January we are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change. However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

Other Funding Sources – UK


Grants Online

Rural Development Grants across the UK.

The National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community.

What’s Happening In Europe?


EIP-AGRI actions on organic farming

The EIP-AGRI network supports organic farming by promoting and sharing innovative practices.

EIP-AGRI – Innovation Support Services

New EIP-AGRI video on Innovation Support Services.

Three public consultations on climate change

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.enrd

New LEADER cooperation resources online!

The document will be updated twice per year (next update scheduled for October 2020) and aims to provide information to LEADER stakeholders about the state of play of LEADER transnational cooperation in the EU, supplementing other relevant information provided by the ENRD Contact Point.

Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages – final report

The final report of the Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages, initiated by the European Parliament, is now available.

Rural, digital, attractive – digital solutions for rural areas

A study by the German federal IT Competence Office (ÖFIT) reviews challenges and success factors of 49 rural development projects which are pursuing digital solutions to improve local services and quality of life in rural areas.

European Events


10th annual European Algae Industry Summit

Date: 20/21 October 2020

Location: Reykjavik

What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils

Date: 31 August 2020

Location: Portugal

Towards carbon neutral agriculture

Date: 09/10 September 2020

Location: Estonia

EIP-AGRI seminar: Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice

Date: 07/08 October 2020

Location: Portugal

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