Britain's local authorities are urging the nation's farmers to apply for a share of £10 million in government funding, which is aimed at making their work more efficient, westernmorningnews.co.uk reports.
The 'Forestry and Farming Improvement Grant Scheme' is now in its third phase, after successful early iterations led DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to provide consecutive extensions.
With the April 4 deadline fast approaching, farmers across the country need to submit their applications as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing some extra funding. DEFRA processes applications as soon as it receives them, which means farmers could really benefit from taking action now.
Each scheme that qualifies for a share of the pot can be granted up to £35,000 to invest in efficiency improvements, with the minimum offered set at £2,500.
For applicants there are five areas of eligibility: energy efficiency, animal health and welfare schemes, water resource management, nutrient management and capital forestry projects that improve economic value.
Rural surveyor Ben Compton called the pot of money "limited", telling northdevonjournal.co.uk: "For example the minimum grant of £2,500 is available on a project that costs £6,250. As this is a national scheme it is important that farming and forestry businesses in this area make sure they apply for their share."