FARMERS and farm businesses in the Lowther Valley are being invited to attend a series of workshops aimed at addressing critical challenges in farming.

Led by agricultural specialist, Liz Genever, and building on the success of her workshops in December 2023, this new series aims to empower farmers with practical solutions and resources to thrive in a changing agricultural landscape.

Fully-funded by Cumbria Connect and the Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme, the sessions will commence on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in Bampton, eastern Cumbria and are tailored to support farm businesses in CA10 2 and CA10 3 areas. The workshops will cover essential topics such as navigating industry changes, transforming ideas into actionable plans and identifying necessary support for sustainable farm operations.

Annabelle Kennedy, senior farming and conservation adviser at Cumbria Connect, said: "Liz Genever is a trusted adviser for local farmers, renowned for her expertise in beef and sheep farming, particularly in grass and forage systems. With over a decade of experience at the AHDB and as a co-founder of the Carbon Calling farming conference, Liz brings a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing modern farmers through nature-friendly practices.”

The workshop series will commence with an interactive session focused on laying the groundwork for future success, inviting participants to share their challenges and aspirations. Subsequent sessions will be customised based on the insights gathered and relevant specialists will be subsequently invited to provide targeted advice and support.

Annabelle Kennedy added: “The first session will help steer future workshops, but topics could include looking at different grazing systems to optimise pasture, coping with changing weather patterns, wintering livestock and how to integrate environmental schemes like the Sustainable Farm Incentive (SFI) into your current farming approach. At the end of the series of workshops, those attending should have a clear action plan for their farm business for the next 3+ years.”