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Farming Connect provides farm and forestry businesses in Wales with one to one support, advice, guidance and training.
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Supporting rural communities and businesses, and ensuring that natural resources are used sustainably.
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This section provides essential information on the services we provide for your farming business.

The Welsh Government is encouraging a sustainable approach to agriculture and supporting farmers in adapting for the future. We aim to improve income and employment in rural areas by supporting the community; as well as protecting and improving Welsh wildlife and the environment.

Through sensitive stewardship and sustainable development of natural resources, we aim to achieve:

  • a clean, healthy and safe environment
  • maintenance of our land, air and water quality standards and
  • improvement of people’s enjoyment of their natural surroundings.

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Reform of the Common Agriculture Policy has meant a new basis for payment to farmers. In 2005, subsidy schemes were replaced with the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). This "decoupled" or broke the link between CAP payments and production. Now farmers can concentrate on producing what the market wants and farming in an environmentally friendly way. The Single Payment Scheme is paid once a year and is based on the amount of subsidy paid, and land used, between 2000 and 2002.

Farmers have been encouraged to manage their land in an environmentally sensitive way through the agri-environment schemes - Tir Cynnal, Tir Gofal, and Tir Mynydd. From 2012, Glastir has replaced the agri-environment schemes, ensuring that future environmental challenges can be met.