Payment rates for Countryside Stewardship in England have been increased by 30% on average in a bid to attract more farmers in preparation for the agricultural transition to new post-Brexit green schemes. Rural Surveyor George Whittaker explains how this will be implemented.
Defra Secretary George Eustice made the announcement during his recent speech to the virtual Oxford Farming Conference. “It’s the first step really of moving away from an income foregone approach towards something that is more generous, more market-based,” Mr Eustice told reporters.
It is suggested that farmers should consider Countryside Stewardship “as a bridge to Local Nature Recovery” – one of three new agri-environment schemes that makes up part of the wider Environmental Land Management (ELM) Scheme.
The payment rate increases apply to both new and existing agreements. Some examples (£/ha)-
If you have a revenue agreement, or an application for a revenue agreement starting on or before 1 January 2022 then where the new rate has:
For new agreements starting from 1 January 2023 all of the new revenue rates will apply.