Farm capital grants return to the county

AFTER a shortage of capital grants available to farmers within the county in recent years, the region is to be looked at more favourably this year as the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Capital Grant Scheme 2012/13 is launched.

Richard Brown, of Hexham & Northern Rural, said: “The Scheme is designed to help farmers and land managers tackle diffuse pollution from agricultural practice and grants are available for items such as concrete yard renewal, roofing feed yards and fencing watercourses.”

The grant scheme will pay up to 50 per cent of the actual costs of the capital works up to a maximum of £10,000 per farming business.

Sadly the scheme is largely restricted to priority zones which for this year are the Coquet tributary burns of the Wreigh, Thirston and Tyelaw and Aln tributaries of Edlingham, Eglingham and Coe Burns.

However, special projects may be considered for farms outside these areas.

The scheme will be open for applications from March 1 until April 30.

Richard welcomes anyone who may be interested in making an application to contact him at the auction mart to discuss their individual situation and circumstances.