Defra seeks bids to run pilots for new entrant scheme

New entrants to farming could be in a stronger position to compete for land and finance and get a foothold in the sector thanks to a new Defra initiative.

Following a pledge in its Agricultural Transition Plan, Defra intends to run a series of pilot projects to address barriers to getting into agriculture.

It has launched a pilot programme of learning and development “incubator” support for a target group of new and recent entrants.

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These pilots are intended to test options for building entrepreneurial capability and creating opportunities that allow access to land and finance.

Defra said that from these pilots it would assess how to design future support for new entrants.

To get started, it has launched an invitation to organisations to bid to run these six-month pilots between August 2022 and April 2023. with details available at

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