More than one million pounds will be made available through the LandSkills Programme for foresters, farmers, and growers in both Humber and Yorkshire to help them improve the competitive side of their businesses by teaching them business development and skills.

Julie Hamilton of the program stated that LandSkills has been helping out Humber and Yorkshire farmers for the past two years via 10,000 different events that have helped aid over 4,750 farmers, growers, and foresters in the region.  She continued to say that these discussion groups and workshops have helped businesses to improve their sustainability and professionalism as part of the local economy.

Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for LandSkills David Hugill stated that given the fact that food security is one of the major headlines of the day it is satisfying to know that hardworking local businesses are receiving the support they need and the funding so that they can continue to update and complete training for their businesses.  He added that the LandSkills Programme has already awarded out £1.6m as part of their investment into the businesses and they are pleased to continue to do the same.

Julie continued: “Farmers, foresters and growers need to act now if they want their share of the £1 million for funding. It’s not too late to increase your skills and help your business thrive in these difficult financial times.”

LandSkills Yorkshire and Humber is managed by Lantra Sector Skills Council on behalf of Yorkshire Forward, as a part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DEFRA. LandSkills provides funding to help improve skills business profitability by providing up to 70% towards training expenses.

Find out more or to find out if you are eligible, visit www.lantra.co.uk/LandSkills-YH. For more information on Lantra please visit www.lantra.co.uk.