Farming diversification can help in modifying the current farm business model into paths that may improve profit and income, as well as improving the quality of life for the farmer. While diversification can have risks and may not be appropriate for everyone, many businesses have found successful and profitable ways of diversifying.


The Government announces changes to planning rules to help farmers to diversify

From 21st May 2024, the government has extended permitted development rights (PDR), which means that farmers can now convert agricultural buildings for commercial use, or create up to 10 houses, without the need for planning permission.

The Land, Leisure and Tourism Show

The place to be if you’re considering a diversification project. The show is dedicated to empowering farmers, landowners and agricultural professionals with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to drive innovation, diversification and growth in their businesses.

Business start up hints and tips

Caroline Reeves, FCN supporter and part of the Rural Business Hub, has shared some useful tips about setting up a new business venture – including how to build and sustain momentum. This is available to download below:


Have you ever considered setting up a campsite, glamping space, or caravan park on your land?

Pitchup is an online platform which allows visitors to book all of the above at over 5000 sites around the UK, Europe and the Americas.

If you think your farm could host holidaymakers, and you’d like to find out more, visit their website. You’ll find everything you need to know from information on planning permission, to taking payments, to waste disposal, to how such a venture might affect BPS entitlements

NFU Mutual – Roads to Diversification Success

The NFU Mutual offers insights and analysis on the latest trends to help UK farmers explore farming diversification opportunities for the future, alongside some helpful case studies

Building an industrial strategy

Direction on how to make the most of your business

How British farms are diversifying

Strutt and Parker have outlined: how to avoid the Pitfalls of farm diversification: Click here.

Check out these podcasts on farming diversification

CAAV – using a valuer for diversification – providing advice, grant/finance applications and any planning issues. Click here.


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