Retirement Planning for Farmers

Farmer standing in wheat field

What happens if you’re an older farmer of retirement age with a farm and land but without family to take over, or the liquid means to transition into retirement? While we continue to be contacted by farmers interested in securing funding for their diversification projects, we’re also hearing from older farmers who are past retirement… Continue reading Retirement Planning for Farmers

How Your Farming Assets Can Fund Your Future 

A man with his back to camera wearing a waxed jacket and flat tweed cap looking across a field

Farming faces a period of dramatic change. Currently there seem to be as many conversations about using land for carbon sequestration as there are regarding food production.  Will Vertical Farming become mainstream and the food to feed people in London be grown hydroponically in the disused areas under the city?  Certainly, any form of future… Continue reading How Your Farming Assets Can Fund Your Future 

What’s the secret behind keeping Britain’s farms profitable?

Lot of Holstein Cow eating in a milk production farm

More and more farmers are finding it hard to make a living via traditional farming. This is a result of factors including decreasing food and drink prices, increasing energy costs and the undeniable uncertainty of Brexit, and because of this, farmers are seeking to diversify their revenue streams. There are many different routes farmers can… Continue reading What’s the secret behind keeping Britain’s farms profitable?

Farmers weathering the storm

A Victorian farmer ploughing the Uplands with a horse-drawn plough.

Like the weather, politics are outside the control of farmers, so how can farmers hedge their bets in the current climate? Having been a farmer, I feel comfortable admitting that we’re renowned for moaning about the weather (always), prices (often) and regulation (every time a form needs completing)! The weather app on a farmers’ phone… Continue reading Farmers weathering the storm

What is the future of our country’s food production?

close-up partial view of farmer holding ripe organic potatoes in field

Ian Bell OBE reflects on the future of our country’s self-sufficiency. The Second Reading of the Agriculture Bill in the Lower House poses more questions than answers but it confirms the Secretary of State’s direction of travel.  Since Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference in January, his consultation ‘Health and Harmony’ and now… Continue reading What is the future of our country’s food production?

A dog is a man’s best friend, but a dairy herd is a man’s livelihood

Lot of Holstein Cow eating in a milk production farm

Ian Bell, FOLK2FOLK’s Head of Farming & Rural Engagement, considers the coming winter “Otto is missing!”  We arrived home after less than twenty-hours away to find our dog-sitter had ‘mislaid’ my wife’s springer spaniel.  Three hours of panic ensued until a red-faced lady appeared at the front door with said canine on a lead, explaining… Continue reading A dog is a man’s best friend, but a dairy herd is a man’s livelihood

Farmers are good conservationists

Wildflowers in a meadow, Devon, United Kingdom

Habitat and wildlife decline are often blamed on farmers, but Ian Bell fights their corner. It is a familiar routine on a Sunday evening: I shout at the screen during Countryfile, no one can speak as my spouse watches the Antiques Roadshow and then collectively we analyse Captain Poldark’s riding skills!  Nevertheless, I am very… Continue reading Farmers are good conservationists

Nick’s Story

Originally I was a farmer, but after Foot and Mouth affected us we had to diversify and FOLK2FOLK have enabled me to do this. I have borrowed money through FOLK2FOLK since they began and I was one of their first Borrowers. I have used the money to make improvements to my land, buy a digger… Continue reading Nick’s Story