A SPECIALIST land agency and a leading agricultural consultancy firm have joined forces to offer more support to farmers.

YoungsRPS, an independent firm of chartered surveyors, land and estate agents, is working with Lincolnshire-based Active Business Partnerships (ABP) to provide a wide range of services for farmers navigating industry changes during coronavirus.

The new initiative will provide a more comprehensive agricultural service for farmers, providing more opportunities in a rapidly shifting sector.

YoungsRPS director Tom Oates said: “We are confident that the partnership will present business security for farmers at a time of uncertainty, as the removal of BPS and reduction of other financial aid looms.

“It is crucial to be able to bring science of farming and the management of land and property assets under one advisory roof and to be fleet of foot in doing so”, he added.

ABP director Hamish Bichan, said: “2020 has already brought about many challenges, but what it’s highlighted over recent weeks, is that farmers are crucial in times of crisis, feeding the country and keeping going in all circumstances. It has never been more important for farmers to be efficient in the costs and revenue of ‘pure farming’ and to be able to integrate that with diversification and modern environmental requirements”.

The businesses will offer a full range of agricultural services, including farm and estate sale and purchases, agricultural finance and farm management, with seminars expected to be rolled out later in the year as an opportunity to introduce the partners to clients.