The government announced today its plan to deliver a better and fairer farming system in England over the next 7 years.
The document is the plan to deliver a better and fairer farming system in England while allowing farmers and landowners to adapt and plan for the future over the next 7 years.
The changes are designed to ensure that by 2028, farmers in England can sustainably produce healthy food profitably without subsidy, whilst taking steps to improve animal health, environment and reduce carbon emissions.
The ‘Path to Sustainable Farming’ document, published today, sets out more detail on the changes to be made, and what they will mean for farmers. Chris Powell, Rural Partner at our Devizes office summarises the key points:
For individuals who will be the most affected by these reductions a farming resilience programme will be made available throughout the first 3 years of reductions.
The Environmental Land Management will consist of three components/tiers:
1. The Sustainable Farming Incentive, which will support approaches to farm husbandry that deliver for the environment, such as actions to improve soil health, hedgerows, and integrated pest management,
2. Local Nature Recovery, which will pay for actions such as creating, managing, or restoring habitats, natural flood management and species management,
3. Landscape Recovery, which will focus on landscape and ecosystem recovery through projects looking to achieve large-scale forest and woodland creation, peatland restoration, or the creation and restoration of coastal habitats, such as wetlands and salt marsh.
Productivity will also form part of the new regime with new schemes being introduced to help farmers become more productive. This will include the new Farming Investment Fund which is planning on opening in 2021. This will target funding to support businesses invest in equipment, technology and infrastructure that will improve efficiencies on farm. This will be delivered through 2 levels small grants to help purchase specific equipment and large grants to assist with the cost of substantial investment with potential to transform business performance.
To discuss how best to maximise your claims for the future of your farming business, contact Symonds & Sampson's Rural Grants team at your local office, or Chris Powell, Rural Partner in the Devizes office on 01380 710535