Young entrants to Wales’ farming industry have a final opportunity to access a scheme targeted at drawing new blood into agriculture.

The application window for the final year of the Young Entrants Support Scheme (Yess) opened on Monday (6 October).

See also: More cash for Yess

The scheme was initially programmed to run for five years only but it was so popular that the Welsh government agreed to support it for a sixth and final year.

Wales’ deputy farm minister, Rebecca Evans, said that since its launch 600 young and new entrants had shared £8.1m in financial support as well as benefiting from a programme of mentoring and business training.

“The application window is now open and I urge those with an interest in farming to check the eligibility criteria and apply for this excellent support if possible,” she said.

Applicants, who must be based in Wales and under the age of 40, have until 28 November to submit their applications. They must also either be setting up as head of the holding for the first time, or have set up as head of holding within the previous 12 months.

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