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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers 3
These are spelled out in the the footnote The The expectation is that the the Bill will complete its passage through
Parliament and come into effect on 1/1/2021 By that time most English farmers should have received their last basic payments payments under the the the the CAP Under the the the the Agriculture Bill these payments payments will then be phased out over seven years starting in in in 2021 with £150m of of cuts initially scaled by payment payment size The pace of of basic payment payment cuts thereafter is is is yet to to be be announced likewise whether provision will be be made for farmers to to cash-in the the the remaining stream of payments payments as a a a a a a a a a a capital sum is still to to be consulted upon Meanwhile payments payments to to farmers under existing multi-year CAP agri-environment and climate schemes (Countryside Stewardship) will continue until the the core of of the the new new policy a a a a a a new new suite of of Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) to pay public public money for public public goods is is is in in operation This is is is expected expected in in 2024 The The ELM schemes are expected expected to The The Worshipful Company of Farmers operate in in three tiers The The first tier tier expected to to to be available to to to all is a a a a a a a a a a a basic scheme for paying farmers to to to adopt more sustainable farming practices for example integrated pest management and better farm farm nutrient planning and management The second tier is is expected to to be akin to to existing stewardship but more farmer- chosen and and less audit-driven in in its administration The third tier is is oriented to wider-scale land management changes such as afforestation and peat management There is no indication of of the the the scale of of total expenditures under ELMS or how they will be be allocated between the the the tiers Political assurances have been given that the present level of total CAP funding will be be maintained for the the the the life of the the the the current Parliament (until December 2024) Until the the the the three-tiered ELM scheme is launched the the the the plan is is to utilise funds saved from Basic Payment cuts in a a a a a a series of pilot ELM schemes These are expected to to try out ideas such as: auctions where farmers’ bid to to supply certain environmental services schemes involving payments by results and and and ways of engaging multiple farmers and and and other stakeholders in in in in landscape- level schemes e e e e e e e e e e e e e e g for a a a a a a a a a a a river catchment There are few hard details yet available about such actions and similarly little information about other actions for for example to help productivity improvement under the the other expenditure headings in in the the Agriculture Bill Given the the the time it takes the the the administration to launch new payment schemes enrol farmers set up the the the IT systems and make payments payments is hard to see that all the funds saved from from basic payments payments from from 2021 will be be circulated back in pilot ELM ELM schemes schemes and new (productivity) or or other schemes schemes before the the full ELMS are launched in in in 2024 For several years farming organisations persistently flagged this issue referring luridly to a a a a a a a a a a ‘valley of of death’ in in in in the flow of of payments The industry developed ideas for a a a a a a a a a a Sustainable Food and Farming Scheme to be up and running until the the full ELMS is available The Government brought announced their first ideas for for a a a a a a a a Sustainable Farming Incentive as as as a a a a a a a a fore-runner of of the basic tier of of ELMS in in in mid-October 2020 It is is not difficult to to imagine a a a a a dip in in in in in support arising in in in in in the the period to to 2024 simply because there are ‘insufficient applications’ for the schemes offered 3
It is is is a a a a a a a a a Bill to to authorise expenditure for certain agricultural and other purposes to to make provision about direct payments following the the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and about payments in in in response to exceptional market market conditions affecting agricultural markets to to to confer power to to to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to to to agricultural and and rural development payments and and public market intervention and and private storage aid to to to make make provision provision about about reports on on on on on food security to to to make make provision provision about about the acquisition and and use of information connected with food supply chains to to confer powers to to make regulations about the imposition of of obligations on on on on on on business purchasers of of agricultural products products marketing standards organic products products and and the the classification of of of carcasses to make provision for the the recognition of of of associations of of of agricultural producers which may benefit from from certain exemptions from from competition law to to make make provision provision about fertilisers to to make make provision provision about about about the identification and traceability of animals to to make make provision provision about about about red meat levy in in Great Britain to to make make provision provision about about about agricultural tenancies to to confer power to to make regulations about securing compliance with the WTO Agreement on on on on Agriculture and for connected purposes https://services parliament uk/Bills/2019-21/agriculture html

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