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The Future Farming and Countryside Programme

Farming affects every one of us, from the food that we eat, to the countryside we walk in and it’s a sector that’s going through a once in a generation change.

As we prepare to move away from the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy towards a wholly new approach for the agricultural industry, we are committed to working together with the industry to deliver one of the biggest industry changes to any sector anywhere in the UK.

Our policy includes a number of different elements that will allow us and the sector to invest in the environment, productivity, farmer resilience, plant and tree health and animal health and welfare.

As we work with farmers, land managers and stakeholders to refine these schemes through co-design, we will continue to share our thinking, work, policy progress and developments in the wider farming world.

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New schemes and funding opportunities

Visit Funding for Farmers on GOV.UK. It contains further details of new schemes and links to apply for:

Don't forget, you can also get free business advice through the Future Farming Resilience Fund. 

Learn more

You can read more about our future farming plans in the following publications:

The Agricultural Transition Plan

The Agricultural Transition Plan sets out the changes we are going to make to agricultural policy in England from 1 January 2021. It also covers what these changes will mean for farmers and land managers.

Agricultural Transition Plan: June 2021 progress update

The June 2021 progress update also covers further details of the early roll out of the Sustainable Farming Incentive ahead of the scheme opening in Spring 2022. This includes eligibility and how farmers can be rewarded through the scheme.

Farming is Changing

The Farming is Changing document sets out the latest information on farming policy in England from 1 January 2021. It will be regularly updated.

Farming is Changing leaflet

The Farming is Changing leaflet  provides an overview of the latest information on farming policies and schemes.

The Trade and Agriculture Commission

The Trade and Agriculture Commission will advise the government on how to make sure UK farmers do not face unfair competition nor have their high animal welfare and production standards undermined. It will also find new export opportunities for the UK agricultural industry – in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises.