Farm support is changing throughout Europe with the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy due in 2023 introducing a new way of working to achieve nine objectives for social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Brexit has enabled the UK to design agri-environmental schemes which better suit the needs of rural businesses which, introduces fundamental change in the way that farmers and landowners are supported by the government. With a move away from direct payments to environmentally focussed support schemes, rural businesses will need a major shift in their approach to these schemes.

The phasing out of the basic payment scheme

Central government support for farm businesses is due to be diverted away from the direct payments, which are currently paid under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), towards schemes that will deliver “public goods” for which the government is prepared to pay. Farmers are being encouraged to assess the impact of this change on their businesses, and we have outlined below a summary of the future payment changes.

Direct payments through the BPS will be phased out between 2021 to 2027. 

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is an umbrella scheme which provides financial incentives to land managers to help improve and protect the environment. The CSS is made up of the following elements:

  • Higher Tier – target and complex management practices
  • Mid Tier – options and capital items that together help to deliver a range of environmental benefits
  • The 4 Wildlife Offers – simple set of options to help improve farmland wildlife.
  • Capital Grant funding – including the Water Capital only grants, Hedgerow and Boundary grants

Facilitation Fund to support a local co-ordinated approach to environmental management. 

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Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

The Environmental Land Management Scheme (also known as ELMS) is a new overarching scheme that will reward environmentally conscious practices in farming, forestry, and land management. The Scheme will comprise three pillars: the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Local Natural Recovery and Landscape Recovery.

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Farming in protected landscapes

This scheme is available for farmers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks (NP) and the Norfolk Broads. Each designated area has a different pot of money, and the scheme is nonprescriptive, with applicants invited to state the type of project that they wish to undertake.

Slurry investment scheme

The aim of this scheme is to upgrade slurry storage systems, to reduce the pollution incident and cut emissions.

Tree health pilot scheme

This scheme is to enable landowners to apply for funding to assist with reducing the spread of pests and disease. The Forestry Commission will invite people and groups in target areas to take part in the pilot scheme.

Farming innovation programme

The programme is for agri-tech innovation to support farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses to embrace innovative ways to maximise productivity and drive sustainability.

Local/regional grants

We are aware of local and regional grants from public and private sectors, please contact your local agent for more details.

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James Bradley
Partner, Rural
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Sam Johnson
Associate Partner, Rural
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Andrew Chandler
Partner, Rural
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David Hebditch
Partner, Rural
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James works within the firm's Rural Division and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and a member of the Society for the Environment (CEnv.) James has a broad range of experience and has worked in Yorkshire for over 20 Years.James specialises in Rural Estate Management, Landlord and Tenant advice, Town and Country Planning, Property Valuation, Renewable Energy Schemes, Farm Subsidies and Compulsory Purchase Compensation
Sam is an Associate Partner, based in Harrogate and is responsible for the land and farm sales throughout the north of England. He also undertakes rural professional work including Valuations of all types of rural property and assets for a variety of purposes including secured lending, strategic planning and taxation and is also involved with landlord and tenant work. Away from the office, Sam is keen on all sports, in particular Rugby and skiing and is passionate about field sports and rural affairs.
Andrew is a Partner and head of Rural Agency for Carter Jonas leading the team responsible for delivering Farm and Rural Agency across the country. Based in the South East and London, Andrew advises on the disposal and acquisition of rural assets including country houses, equestrian property, farms, estates and bare land.

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