Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

British Farming Awards

British Farming Awards

CropTec

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

LAMMA 2019

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

CLA sets out three-phase plan to improve ‘shambolic’ Countryside Stewardship

The CLA has set out a three-phase plan to improve the beleaguered Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme amid fears massive environmental gains could be lost in the coming years.


Abi   Kay

TwitterFacebook
Abi   Kay
TwitterFacebook
Share This

CLA sets out three-phase plan to improve ‘shambolic’ Countryside Stewardship

The Government plans to introduce a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) after Brexit, but it is unlikely to be ready for a full roll-out until 2022.

 

Between now and then, 6,500 Environmental Stewardship and 12,000 CS agreements will come to an end.

 

It is thought farmers will drop out of these schemes without entering new ones because of the terrible reputation of CS and the expectation that a future scheme will be more attractive.

 

CLA president Tim Breitmeyer said: “Farmers and land managers are rightly proud of their environmental delivery achieved with the support of agri-environment schemes.


Read More

‘They are learning a lot’ – Hopes raised of Defra culture shift as new scheme launched ‘They are learning a lot’ – Hopes raised of Defra culture shift as new scheme launched
Countryside Stewardship branded a ‘shambles’ as Defra forced to issue bridging payments Countryside Stewardship branded a ‘shambles’ as Defra forced to issue bridging payments
Defra to transfer delivery of agri-environment schemes to the RPA Defra to transfer delivery of agri-environment schemes to the RPA
EXCLUSIVE: FG reveals Defra's post-Brexit plans and industry concerns about them EXCLUSIVE: FG reveals Defra's post-Brexit plans and industry concerns about them
Farmer facing Countryside Stewardship delays considers quitting scheme Farmer facing Countryside Stewardship delays considers quitting scheme

“The basics of CS are good and when it works it can benefit rural businesses and the environment.

 

“However, too many CLA members are telling us the shambolic administration of the existing CS is putting them off wanting to engage in any new scheme.

 

“Without improvements, there is a real risk farmers and land managers will lose confidence in agri-environment schemes altogether, putting at risk the Government’s hopes of a Green Brexit.”

 

The CLA’s improvement plan sets out seven key demands for Ministers across three phases between now and 2022, when the ELMS is likely to begin.

THE THREE PHASES

Within the EU – Now until March 2019

  • Provide more resources for CS to clear the backlog of delayed payments
  • Improve the Woodland Creation offer by giving greater flexibility in measures designed to encourage tree planting

Implementation period – March 2019 to December 2020

  • Allow farmers to continue with their existing Higher-Level Stewardshipagreements for 2019, 2020 and if needs be, 2021 scheme years
  • Ensure oversight is not retained by the European Commission post-2020 so the UK will be free to make improvements

Pre-introduction of ELMS

  • Move to rolling start dates to help farmers and agencies cope with administration
  • Ensure those who signed up to CS are not unfairly disadvantaged by future schemes
  • Expand the range of environmental and public benefits which can be delivered by farmers under CS, including educational visits, woodland management and capital grants for infrastructure

The three-phase plan was released shortly after the CLA joined forces with the NFU and Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA) to demand old agri-environment scheme agreements be ‘rolled over’ in the years before the new ELMS is introduced.

 

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS