A scheme delivering grants and business support to young farmers in Wales is to be widened to allow for applications from more than one individual in each business.

The Welsh Assembly Government announced on Monday (1 March) that the Young Entrants Support Scheme would accept joint applications from eligible young entrants.

This means that if, for example, two brothers are taking over as head of the family farm business and are under 40, they can apply jointly.

As well as delivering financial support, the scheme will provide mentoring to help young entrants in the crucial first years of business.

The YESS scheme will run for five years and the first year of the scheme will be open for applications until the end of March.

Further information about the scheme is available from the Welsh Assembly Government by email at

youngentrantstofarming@wales.gsi.gov.uk or by writing to:

YESS scheme,
Sustainable Farming Branch,
Welsh Assembly Government,
Rhodfa Padarn,
Llanbadarn Fawr,
SY23 3UR.

Calls can also be made to the Sustainable Farming Branch on 0300 062 2166.