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The UK Government’s food tsar, Henry Dimbleby, has urged Ministers to guarantee the budget for farm payments until at least 2029 to ensure farmers are ‘properly recompensed’ for moving towards more sustainable practices.
Christopher Price, chief executive of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, has written to Defra Secretary George Eustice after he appeared to dismiss concerns about the state of the abattoir network at Groundswell.
Farmers joining Defra’s new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) from 2022 can expect payments 30 per cent higher than those calculated using income foregone methodology, Defra Secretary George Eustice has confirmed.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is urging the Government to allow ‘proper parliamentary scrutiny’ of any trade deal with Australia, amid mounting concerns about the agreement’s impact on UK farming.
Last week, the Government published its consultation on a lump sum retirement scheme for farmers in England. But is the idea anything new, and will it achieve its aims? Abi Kay looks at historical schemes for clues.