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Campaign for the Farmed Environment support available to farmers

Farmers have been encouraged to make the most of support available under the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) after cuts to its budget left the scheme facing an uncertain future.

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There are 96 CFE-led events planned for 2016
There are 96 CFE-led events planned for 2016

The NFU and CLA said Defra funding had been secured until April 2017 and it was vital farmers made the most of the resource, especially as many had expiring agri-environment scheme agreements.

 

There are 96 CFE-led events planned for 2016 and work continues on the discounted pollen and nectar mix seedbank, online training and advice on biodiversity, resource protection, soil nutrition and exiting agri-environment schemes.

 

NFU chief land management adviser Sam Durham said with future funding in question, it was looking to industry partners to cover some of the costs of the scheme.

 

"We’re also talking to government about the potential for support under the Rural Development Programme, similar to how they run their Farming Advice Service."

 

CLA deputy president Tim Breitmeyer added: “We are at a time of significant change in terms of environmental schemes, and particularly with fewer agreements under the new Countryside Stewardship scheme.

 

“It is important to bridge the gap between the environmental compliance requirements under CAP and stewardship-level environmental work – there is evidence to suggest this has produced tangible environmental benefit in the recent past.

 

“We are encouraging our members to make the most of the support and resources on offer through CFE to take advice on best practice and continue investment in voluntary environmental measures, which also support farm productivity.”


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