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He will visit different parts of the country talking to farmers about government proposals to replace longstanding Less Favoured Area (LFA) designation with a new designation - Areas of Natural Constraint.
Brecon and Radnor AM Kirsty Williams said: "I was astonished to hear the First Minister state that there was no prospect of a Less Favoured Area scheme.
The problem with the banding system in Wales, in its efforts not to be an English-style league table, is that it ties itself in knots trying to be fair to schools in less favoured areas by taking into account esoteric matters like how many free meals are given out.
NFU Cymru Less Favoured Areas (LFA) Board chairman John Owen believes the combination of poor weather, input costs and the eurozone crisis make this the worst possible winter for farmers to face without dedicated LFA support.
In particular, the union feels that Less Favoured Areas will come off worst and that the "greening" of the Common Agricultural Policy will threaten food production.
The data comes from 240 beef and 178 sheep farms across England, ranging from lowland suckler herds to less favoured area (LFA) suckler herds, extensive finishing and intensive finishing herds for cattle, and lowland, less favoured area and store flocks for sheep.
He had been given shadow responsibility for the regions and was keen, I recall, to develop an active policy in which less favoured areas - the declining coalfields and old industrial heartlands - were given new hope and direction.
His attack came over the basis for calculating payments in so-called less favoured areas, mainly affecting hill farmers including many in the Shropshire borders.