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Protected landscapes: an overview

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You might remember that in the Agricultural Transition Plan, we mentioned the introduction of a Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. We’re preparing to release more information about that programme in the coming weeks, but before then, I wanted to share a few reasons why protected landscapes are so important.

The Future Farming Resilience Fund: an update

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In March, I blogged about the Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF). The FFRF provides business support to farmers and land managers to help them navigate the changes that are happening during the agricultural transition. I wanted to give a short update on how this work is progressing.  

The 2021 agricultural census

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Agricultural Census Defra Future Farming Blog

The Census of Agriculture for England is now open. The census has existed in various forms for over 150 years. As it stands, we run them every 10 years, alongside an annual sample survey. The census provides us with the data we need to agree priorities, make decisions and design agricultural policies.  

Preparing for the Tree Health pilot  

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Trees give us oxygen. They store carbon. They help the soil and provide a habitat for wildlife.  For these reasons and many more, protecting them from pests and diseases is important. With tree and woodland managers, we are designing a new range of grants as part of a future Tree Health scheme. I'll share more in this post.

The Future Farming Resilience Fund: supporting farmers through transition

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Turning the hay Wensleydale, Near Marsett, Yorkshire Dales 2011 Copyright Natural England/James LePage

The Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF) awards grants to organisations so that they can support farmers and land managers who are in receipt of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. Today, (25 March) we’re inviting organisations to apply for funding.