Know How / Diversification

The income generated by diversification is a vital component of many farming businesses – but it can involve unfamiliar planning, legal, staffing, plus health and safety issues.

This page offers tips and advice to guide you through your diversification journey. You’ll find information to help you to set up and run a thriving new enterprise on your farm.

Key areas of focus:

  • Inspirational farm diversification case-studies
  • Opportunities for grant support
  • Avoiding legal and tax pitfalls
  • Successful staff management
  • Business planning and marketing strategies

Case studies

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DIVERSIFICATION

Devon dairy farmers diversify with fizzy kefir milk products

How likely you are to post a photo of your food on Instagram before you eat it might will determine how likely you are to have heard of kefir. A…

DIVERSIFICATION

Video: The amazing farmers behind inspirational farm shops

In this video we meet the inspirational farmers behind two successful farm shop diversifications that have gone a step further to sell their produce. The Rhug Estate farm shop has…

DIVERSIFICATION

How young farm tenants plan to improve hill farm income

Young farmers Daniel Simpson and Ruby Cappleman have big plans to make their Lake District farm more self-sufficient after securing a 15-year tenancy on a National Trust farm last autumn.…

FARMLIFE

Video: Ice cream diversification doubles value of litre of milk

A dairy farm has increased the value per litre of milk from the 30p it gets from its Glanbia contact to 50p, almost double, through a new ice cream diversification.…

DIVERSIFICATION

FW Awards: Diversification Farmer of the Year finalists 2018

Dedication, ingenuity and strong leadership are common traits among this year’s finalists, who have each identified a marketplace and created successful diversified businesses in just a small number of years.…

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FARM MAINTENANCE

Tips to help keep biomass boilers running trouble-free

Burning timber from your own woodland in boilers to provide heat for houses and offices seems like a bit of a no-brainer, especially when Theresa May will pay you for…

TAX

Business rates on diversifications: What farmers need to know

Farmers with incomes from diversification projects could face significant bills from their local authority if they overlook the potential pitfalls associated with business rates, an agricultural consultant warns.

 Business rates…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to....rent out office and workshop space

Letting buildings for non-farming uses is the most popular form of farm diversification. Conversion of former farm buildings to offices and workshops brings additional income to farms, it can reduce…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to... offer self-storage on farm?

People need storage for all sorts of reasons at different points in their lives. Farmers Weekly looks at the growing market for self-storage and the opportunity it offers farmers. We…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Ultimate Guide: How to plant trees on your farm

Planting woodland and trees on farmland has a range of benefits for arable and livestock farmers - as a timber diversification it can provide an extra income stream, it can…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Guide to managing an established on-farm woodland

When the trees you have planted have been in the ground for several years they will have spread their branches. You will probably notice different wildlife species appearing in your…

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Why planting trees can improve farm performance

Trees and hedgerows might shape the appearance of the Great British countryside, but their role goes way beyond simply looking pretty. From improving animal welfare to mitigating the effects of…

DIVERSIFICATION

How farms on the edge of cities survive and thrive

Agricultural buffers at the edge of the rural-urban fringe provide their own unique challenges, but they are also home to some of the country’s most successful farm businesses. For many…