Minister Announces YESS Scheme Open for Business

Wales’ Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones has today announced that the next application window for the Welsh Assembly Government’s innovative Young Entrants Support Scheme (YESS) will open later this month.

During Rural Affairs question time in the National Assembly, the Minister confirmed that the application window for the YESS’s second year will open for applications on 18 October 2010 and close on 20 December 2010.

The YESS scheme provides assistance to facilitate the establishment of young farmers (under 40) who possess adequate skills and competence and are setting-up as head of the holding for the first time or have set-up as head of holding for the first time within the previous 12 months.

Rural Affair Minister, Elin Jones AM said:

“As Rural Affairs Minister, my overriding priority is to create a sustainable and profitable farming industry in Wales. The continued success of the family farm is at the very heart of our strategy to achieve this.

I’m very pleased to be able to announce that our innovative Young Entrants Support Scheme will continue for a second year, and I am today inviting applications from young entrants from across Wales.

I have been very encouraged by the number, variety and the quality of applications we received in the scheme’s first year and I am very much looking forward to visiting some of the successful applicants in the next few weeks.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“I would urge all young people in the county wishing to enter the Young Entrants Support Scheme to get their applications in. The project offers great support to young farmers and I am sure that we will have some very strong candidates in Carmarthenshire that will have a great chance of being successful.”

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“The YESS scheme plays a very important role in creating a sustainable future for the farming industry in Wales. We must encourage young people who have an interest in the industry to follow through their passion for farming, making sure that they have the support they need to be able to contribute to rural life. Schemes such as this are vitally important to keeping rural communities together and developing our local economies for long term success.”


Notes to Editors

Details of the scheme are available on the Welsh Assembly Government website at, and the application form for the 2011/12 scheme year will be available to download from the 1 October.

Anyone requiring further information about the YESS scheme, or unable to access documents online, can contact the Welsh Assembly Government by email at or write to YESS scheme, Sustainable Farming Branch, Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR.

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