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Time for change in farm support, say rural landowners

An “ambitious vision” to reform farm support after the UK leaves the EU has been unveiled by the Country Land and Business Association.

The CLA favours a new policy framework that redeploys public money in a way that rewards farmers for managing land for the benefit of the whole of society.

Rather than paying farmers for the amount of land they farm, land management contracts would support farmers who manage land in a way that delivers public benefits.

This would range from delivering improvements in soil quality to enhanced animal welfare and planting trees.

The vision is similar to plans outlined by Defra secretary Michael Gove who says farmers must deliver environmental benefits in return for support.

(Source: Country Land and Business Association)

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