04 December 2020

The government has published: The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024. This sets out the changes the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will make to English agricultural policy over the 7-year agricultural transition period. It explains what those changes will mean for farmers and land managers in practice.

The agricultural transition period will run from 2021 to 2027. During this time, Defra will phase out Direct Payments and introduce a system that will help farmers to continue to provide a supply of healthy, home-grown produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

We will introduce schemes that:

  • reward farmers and land managers for delivering environmental benefits
  • help farmers become more resilient and self-reliant
  • encourage increased sustainable productivity in agriculture

Wherever possible, Defra will co-design its policies and schemes in partnership with stakeholders in the agricultural sector, engaging with them at every step of the way. This will make sure the policies and services work for users, deliver for businesses and achieve the intended outcomes.

For a summary of the changes set out in the Agricultural Transition Plan, please read our ‘Farming is Changing’ booklet.

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