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Jonathan Baker, Defra

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker is Deputy Director, Programme Policy, Engagement and Strategy in the Future Farming and Countryside Programme.

Jonathan works on the cross-cutting policy and overall strategy in Defra's Future of Farming Directorate. He works across government to shape the design of agricultural policy, talking to stakeholders and providing advice to ministers.

Jonathan previously worked for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) where he lead on environmental land use policy.

Prior to the CLA, he was a Senior Consultant at a research consultancy where he supported and managed research and evaluation projects for UK and international clients. As part of this role he was a Policy Evaluation Fellow - working to improve policy evaluation across Defra.

Jonathan built on his Environmental Science degree with a MSc in Environmental Technology (Environmental Analysis and Assessment) at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy.

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter: @jojabaker

Environmental land management in 2024: details of actions and payments

Sheep grazing in field with trees and farmland in the distance

Today we published an update to the Agricultural Transition Plan on GOV.UK. It includes our progress, priorities and plans for the coming years. In this post, I'll share a summary of the update which includes details of scheme payment rates, premium payments, new actions and plans for a single application service.

Introducing SFI Management Payments and changes to Countryside Stewardship rates

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Winter scene on the Killerton estate by Alison Day

In this, the first blog post of the year, I’d like to share two updates with you and explain the rationale behind them. The first update is a change to Countryside Stewardship payment rates. The second is the introduction of the Sustainable Farming Incentive Management Payment.