DEFRA minister George Eustice to put soil ‘at heart’ of post-Brexit support scheme

Protecting and enhancing soil health is expected to be ‘at heart’ of a flagship environment scheme by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This new type of scheme could be at the centre of the governments agricultural policy’s for post-Brexit Britain. These comments where made at the Tenant Farmers Association conference at Stoneleigh.

Scotland considering living wage for all agricultural workers

NFU Scotland has raised concerns over the plan which would raise the minimum wage for all agricultural workers regardless of age and duty. This would mean far higher expenditure for farmers who employ workers. NFUS has warned that as a result farmers may have to turn to contractors in the future in order to keep down costs during a time of falling incomes, as well as greatly increasing the cost of Scottish food in comparison to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Cambridgeshire famer Tim Breitmeyer becomes new CLA president.

Mr Breitmeyer succeeds Ross Murray as the 53rd president in the CLA’s 110-year history. Mr Breitmeyer comes to the head of the organisation during a time of great change for the agricultural sector and has said “It is an opportunity to do better for farming, for our environment and wider land use and for investment in rural communities. I look forward to leading the association as we play our role in shaping policy at this crucial time.” The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales. Mr Breitmeyer himself farms 1,600 acres as well as contract-farming a further 3,200 acres.


NFU calling on president Junker to reauthorise Glythosate.

A joint letter released by four farming unions NFU, NFU Cyrmu, NFU Scotland and the Ulster farmers’ Union has been sent to president Junker, EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan and Eu health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. The letter comes as the European Commission decided to not extend the products licence beyond the next 5 years. Experts predict that with no current viable alternative available that their will be far reaching consequences.

Think Tank shows how Brexit agriculture subsides could be cut.

A recent 20-page briefing by Chatham House says that the UK will need to develop new agricultural policies for every potential Brexit outcome, as well as climate change, disease and economic downturn. The slash to subsides is recommend in order to boost benefits from free trade and to protect the environment in the long term. This is one model suggested within the article where cost administration costs could lower and a payment system where it can incentive’s environmentally protective measures. This model would increase production as it would also allow for uneconomic farms to continue production as the support is decoupled from the production.

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