Farmers told post-Brexit it's public money for public goods


By Foot Anstey

The Agriculture Bill sets out how the Government plans to replace EU Common Agricultural Policy subsidies to farmers in England for Environmental Management Plans – under which farmers get paid for making this verdant land even greener for future generations.

Currently farmers in the EU are rewarded for meeting conservation aims under a common framework. Environment Secretary Michael Gove is promising that the new UK system will be bigger and better.

Farmers' responses to the Agriculture Bill were not all positive. There are complaints that there is a lack of strategic food production planning and resilience in the Bill. It certainly will not be painless as farmers are likely to see a reduction in their payments until 2027.

I look forward to reading the Bill and understanding the detail of how exactly the system will work.

All farmers will therefore see some reduction to their payments from the start of the transition, although those who receive the highest payments will see bigger reductions initially. This will free up funds to invest in public goods. To help new entrants get into the sector and give farmers flexibility to plan for the future, Direct Payments during the agricultural transition period up until 2027 will be “delinked” from the requirement to farm the land.
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