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£25m in grants made available to farmers to boost productivity
The grants form the third and final round of the Government's Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme.
Funding can be used to buy new and innovative equipment. 

Farmers across the United Kingdom can now apply for grants to help boost their efficiency and improve the environment.

Farming minister Victoria Prentis said the third and final round of the Government's Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme will see £25 million being made available to farming businesses.

Under the scheme, farmers will be able to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment, from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology. The initiative aims to help businesses save time and money and boost productivity.

“Coming from a farming family, I have experienced first-hand the benefits that having innovative equipment can bring, including saving businesses time and money while improving yields and minimising the impact we have on the environment around us,” said Ms Prentis. “Our landmark Agriculture Bill sets out further measures to help farmers become more productive, efficient and resilient, with specific productivity grants expected to be available from 2021.”

During the first two funding rounds of the CPSG scheme, some £35 million was allocated to farmers. This latest announcement brings the total funding made available under the scheme to £60 million.

Farmers that successfully applied to grants in previous rounds of the scheme will be able to apply for different items of equipment in the final round, up to the limit of £12,000 per farmer.

“It’s fantastic to be able to announce a third round of the ever-popular Small Grants scheme,” commented Rural Payments Agency chief executive Paul Caldwell. “Having access to game-changing innovative technology can make a real difference to farmers and help boost the productivity of the whole farming sector in England.”

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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.