Now we've left the EU, we have the opportunity to shape English agricultural policy to suit our needs, wants and priorities. Our future policy will help farmers continue to provide a supply of healthy, home-grown produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.
Nature-friendly farming is fundamental to our new approach. The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme will be the cornerstone of our new agricultural policy. It’s founded on the principle of “public money for public goods”.
We’ll also offer financial assistance to enable farmers, foresters, and growers to invest in equipment, technology, and infrastructure to improve their productivity, manage the environment sustainably, and deliver other public goods.
We know farmers need stability, certainty and a smooth transition to a new system, so we will not switch off Direct Payments overnight. We’ll make the changes over a seven-year period so that changes can be introduced gradually.
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