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This section contains documents and publications relating to farming and countryside, pesticides and the Single Application Form.

Annual report on Local Authority Smallholdings in Wales

The report provides statistical information on the area and number of small holdings held by smallholding authorities.

Independent Review of the Dairy Sector in Wales

Independent review by Andy Richardson, and the Welsh Government Response.

Professor Wynne Jones: Independent Review of Learning Delivered by Further Education Colleges and the Relevance of that Delivery in Supporting Farm Businesses in Wales January 2015

The colleges and universities in Wales with a land-based element in their mission are a crucial element of the future prosperity of the agricultural and other rural industries in Wales.

Outcome of the Moorland Judicial Review

The recent legal challenge brought against the Welsh Government on the Moorland region has shown that, as certain land below 400 metres will have the characteristics of Moorland, but will nevertheless not fall within the definition laid down by the Regulations, it is not possible to have a Moorland ...

Proposals for Managing the Coexistence of GM, Conventional and Organic Crops in Wales - Equality Impact Assessment

Co-existence measures aiming to protect farmers of traditional and conventional crops in Wales from the possible economic disadvantages of accidental contamination from GM crops were announced in 2010. Read the Equality Impact Assessment.

Malcolm Thomas: Next Generation into Farming Report - May 2014

"To achieve a truly resilient industry there are many factors that come into play, but the main aim must be to have sustainable, profitable and professionally managed farms as the core ambition." - Malcolm Thomas M.B.E.

Countryside survey: Wales results from 2007

The Countryside Survey provides a comprehensive survey of the UK countryside in the light of Government policies and environmental influences such as Climate Change.

Farming, Food & Countryside: Building a secure future - A new strategy for farming

This strategy outlines the Welsh Government’s Rural Affairs policy direction through to 2020.

Annual Report 2010

Report on progress during the last year on delivering the key priorities of the Farming, Food and Countryside strategy.
Advice for pregnant women during lambing

Advice for pregnant women during lambing

If you are pregnant, you should avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season as you could be at risk from infections that occur in some ewes.

The Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Wales) Regulations 2010 - Guidance Notes for Farmers

This guidance describes the requirements that farmers in Wales must follow in order to comply with the Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Wales) Regulations 2010, Statutory Instrument 2010/1493 (W. 136)1; known as “the SSAFO Wales Regulations.” These ...

Mapping Update Project

We are using updated information from the Ordnance Survey and recent aerial photography to produce more up to date maps with all farms in Wales being re-mapped.

Options for Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Activity in Wales

The project has examined impacts for the Welsh agricultural sector and for the main types of farm units. It has not examined reduction of greenhouse gas emissions off-farm in the food chain.

The Heather and Grass Burning Code

Carefully planned, periodic, controlled burning can be beneficial for agriculture, game management,wildlife conservation and the wider environment.