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Rural Risk Specialists

Rural risk specialists are urging farmers to ‘stop and think twice’ following a surge in agricultural deaths – and issued a stark warning for those who are failing to protect their most important asset.

Hot tub from Aqua Living

So you are thinking of diversifying your business maybe adding lodges, pods or even converting unused farm buildings into holiday lets and are thinking of ways you can stand out, earn extra revenue and secure more of those booking enquiries throughout the coming season.

Self-care is important

Daniel Mills-Da'Bell, Head of Clinical Safeguarding at Kooth talks to Farm Diversity about how farmers should be practising self-care and offers his top tips.

Lucy Swantson talks about integrated marketing

Lucy Swanston, co-founder and Managing Director of Nutshell Creative Ltd speaks to Farm Diversity about why integrated marketing is the way forward for your farm business.

Anderson Fosset talks about farmers diversifying

Anderson Fossett, of rural insurance broker Lycetts, examines the benefits and risks of farmers diversifying into alternative rural enterprises.

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Farm Business Tenancies

Farmers are having to diversify part of the farm in these current times to stay financially afloat. This will likely increase due to the decline in subsidies. So how do Tenant farmers go about trying to diversify and what does this mean for Landlords?

A desk at digital marketing agency digitalbeans

Marketing can be a real struggle for those who have little experience in this complex area. Piperis Filippaios, MD of digital marketing agency digitalbeans, discusses how to make a start by getting your business out there on the web…

Johanne Spittle talks about planning to diversify

Diversification is a hot topic in this current climate.  From glamping and tea rooms to experience days and selling Christmas trees, farmers are finding new ways to make ends meet.  

agricultural Landmark Information

For anyone about to embark on a purchase of agricultural land and buildings, Landmark Information is hosting a free seminar on Wednesday 22nd July that provides guidance to purchasers, rural land agents and conveyancers on the range of environmental risks that should be taken into consideration, prior to legal completion.

An owl nesting in a building - farm diversification advice

The team at GSC Grays, land and property specialists, advise on carrying out your farm diversification project while protecting wildlife…

How to identify and prepare for the biggest challenges around farm diversification

Making the decision to diversify a farm can bring many benefits - from increased profits, to improving the local economy, and even making farmers feel less isolated according to a 2018 report on diversification from NFU Mutual. But the process isn’t without challenges - primarily navigating often complex planning laws when applying for change of use. For those thinking of diversifying in 2020 or beyond here are the most common planning and legal issues you may face and how to prepare for them.

Edmund Sword on protecting your future-proofed farm

Edmund Sword, associate director at farm insurance specialist Lycetts, discusses the risks and insurance considerations for farmers thinking of diversifying.  

The UK farming industry is currently navigating a rising tide of uncertainty, faced with a myriad of challenges, from increasing operating costs and decreasing food prices, to slashed subsidies and Brexit limbo.  

In order to safeguard their incomes, secure stability and bolster their businesses, more and more farmers are turning to alternative revenue streams.  

Diversification offers considerable scope for improving the economic viability of many farm businesses – with farmers’ access to ample space, sought-after rural settings and established business acumen helping them thrive in this field.  

Gate opening to a field of farm that needs Farm marketing

Jonathan Birch is Creative Director at the digital marketing agency Glass Digital. Here, he shares his top tips on farm marketing for a diversification project, so you can ensure you make the most of the opportunity.

Film crew in field - alternative farm diversification

Farm Diversity is full of great ideas on making the most of your land. Some of the tried and tested forms of diversification you will already know about – you may even have gone down those routes already. But have you considered an alternative project? Here, editor Victoria Galligan takes a look at some of the more niche farm diversification projects out there which could just be your next move…

funding - a farmer on a laptop in a field

James Fulton of Amet Property discusses how you should be passionate about your diversification ideas to truly make them succeed…

Amet Property offer development consultancy services to rurally based businesses including appraisals to identify alternative uses of existing assets, help with obtaining planning consents for change of use and new build development, assistance with obtaining bank finance for projects and putting together grant funding applications.

A farm that Orchestra Land have helped

Orchestra Land provide a commercial approach to maximising the value of land and estates through residential, industrial and commercial developments.

In times of economic uncertainty there are opportunities for farmers and estate owners to diversify and maximise value through development which is thriving due to record levels of demand for housing and warehouses (often referred to as beds and sheds by politicians).