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Food is still the primary purpose of farming, and always will be. If we want farming and food production to be resilient and sustainable over the long term, then farming and nature can and must go hand in hand.

So, together with farmers and land managers, the Defra Farming and Countryside Programme is designing schemes that work for farm businesses, food production and the environment.

The Basic Payment Scheme's direct payments (BPS) will be replaced with delinked payments in 2024. Visit GOV.UK for the official guidance on delinking.

Our new schemes can be divided into one-off payments and ongoing payments.

They are summarised in the Funding for Farmers and Land Managers page on GOV.UK

You can get get free business advice to help you manage the transition through the Future Farming Resilience Fund.

Learn more

Environmental land management schemes: an update

This policy paper sets out how government will pay farmers and land managers to protect and improve the environment alongside food production, and how Environmental Land Management schemes will be delivered. It was published in January 2023.

GOV.UK

Funding for Farmers on GOV.UK contains details of new schemes and links to apply. It is updated regularly.

Payments for Farming leaflet

The Payments for Farming leaflet contains an overview of new funding opportunities. It was updated in March 2023.

Payments for Farming booklet

The Payments for Farmers booklet contains details of new funding opportunities. It replaces the previous 'Farming is Changing booklet'. It was updated in July 2022.

How the Sustainable Farming Incentive works

The Sustainable Farming Incentive leaflet provides an overview of how the scheme works. It was published in 2022.

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.

About this blog

This blog launched in November 2020.

Why we blog

“We'll use this blog to share our work with anyone and everyone who's interested in it. We'll post frequent short updates, some about big important announcements but mostly about smaller incremental steps we take along the way. We’re keen to establish an open ongoing conversation with the farming community. This blog is one method we can use to publish our thoughts as they develop and change over time. We believe that making things open makes them better.”

Janet Hughes, This is us, working in the open.

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