Farm24, an online agricultural event organised by Farmers Guardian and Morrisons, returns today for its sixth year. The campaign aims to highlight the effort and care farmers put into producing the food we eat.
Starting at 5am on August 6 and running until 5am, on August 7, anyone involved in the UK farming industry is urged to get involved by sharing posts, photos and videos of the work they are doing throughout the day on social media using hashtag #Farm24.
Things look considerably different this year than they did for Farm24 2019. Like the rest of the farming community, R.A.B.I has adapted following the outbreak of COVID-19. Although we have been unable to make visits to those we help, our helpline has remained open and we have continued to provide support to farming people.
Mel Jones, Welfare Officer for North Wales and Shropshire, explained: “The biggest change from our point of view is that we are no longer visiting farmers. Instead we have been taking applications for help over the phone.
“The main change for the farmers I visit has been the “drop and Go” policy introduced due to the pandemic, where farmers need to drop their animals at the market to sell without going inside. After the initial reluctance, the scheme has been successful.
“As farmers always do in times of adversity, they adapt.”
Jackie Clegg, Welfare Officer for the North West, added: “I have focused on calling people we already support to ensure they are safe and well, in addition to checking they are in receipt of all eligible benefits.
“I have also been trying to keep up to date with the various government grants available and the changes in welfare entitlements. We have continued to receive helpline applications and we are now completing these applications by telephone.
“The helpline is open for any queries and questions that anyone might have.”
If you or anyone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to call our freephone helpline: 0800 188 4444