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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Whole Farm Plan
The Whole Farm Plan provides one-to-one subsidised support to help you develop your farm or forestry business.
You can receive confidential technical advice and business planning on a wide range of issues from our approved list of mentors.
Simply choose the options you want to meet your specific requirements including for example:
- Feeding and breeding for improved performance
- Reducing feed costs by growing more grass or supplementary crops
- Making better use of fertiliser and farm manures
- Improving animal health
- Financial planning to forecast cashflow and profit
- Environmental protection and enhancement
- Succession planning
- Farm diversification
- Woodland management
- Energy conservation and generation
- Climate change
Invest in a Whole Farm Plan – run your business more efficiently
Working with your mentor, you will produce a comprehensive business plan which will include a summary of recommendations along with a set timescale for their achievement.
Our Farming Connect Regional Co-ordinators will be on hand to guide you through the process. You can have up to five days subsidised support towards the Whole Farm Plan.
You can also have an extra three days for diversification support. This support would involve help with a new business venture on your farm or forestry business such as a farm shop or holiday cottage. We can help you create a marketing plan, create detailed financial forecasts and give you advice and support on regulations and legislation.
Contact your Farming Connect Regional Co-ordinator for more information:
Mid and South East Wales
Telephone no: 07866 547894
Geographical Area: Montgomeryshire
Telephone no: 07772 694952
Geographical Area: South East and Valleys
Telephone no: 07917 895255
Geographical Area: Brecknock and Radnorshire
Telephone no: 07772 694116
Geographical Area: Pen Llyn - Gwynedd
Telephone no: 01248 672672
Geographical Area: Ynys Mon, Eryri & Meirionnydd
Telephone no: 07772 694098
Geographical Area: Wrexham and Flint
Telephone no: 07917 895253
Geographical Area: Denbighshire and Conwy
South and West Wales
Telephone no: 01970 636286
Geographical Area: North Ceredigion
Telephone no: 07772 694112
Geographical Area: Carmarthenshire
Telephone no: 07827 956765
Geographical Area: South Pembrokeshire
Telephone no: 07772 694958
Geographical Area: North Pembrokshire/South Ceredigion
The Whole Farm Plan service is open to all businesses registered with Farming Connect who meet the following criteria:
- a County Parish Holding (CPH) number;
- a Customer Reference Number (CRN) and;
- working in excess of 550 hours per year.
- forestry businesses must have a current Better Woodland for Wales (BWW) number.
For the business to qualify for Young Entrant status:
- At least one partner must be under the age of 40 at the date of application;
- The business must meet 550 hours per year within three years;
- The business must have a CPH and CRN
Joint venture / contract farming arrangements will be judged on a case by case basis.
All eligible businesses can apply for up to 80% funding towards a Whole Farm Plan
Businesses with Young Entrant status can also apply for up to 80%.
To register for the Whole Farm Plan service, please contact the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813.
Farm Business Benchmarking
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has developed an on-line tool which you can use to benchmark your farm’s performance against similar farms based on results from the Farm Business Survey.
This handy system allows you to compare your profit and loss account, gross margins, balance sheet and performance measures. To access this system go to: Farm Business Survey - benchmark (external link)
You can also read the guidance on using this system from the link to the right of your screen.