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How farmers are helping us to design the first of our environmental land management schemes

Wildflowers on edge of field Copyright Natural England

In this blog post, I’ll share how we have worked with the farming community to develop the standards for the Sustainable Farming Incentive from 2021.

Farming in Protected Landscapes opens in July

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Farm in the Lake District

Last week, I wrote a post about the importance of England’s Protected Landscapes – our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Today, I’m pleased to tell you about the new Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which will be open for applications from next month.

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.

Watch Harry's farming test and trial story

Harry Baker Cresswell

Farmers like Harry Baker Cresswell are helping us to shape the future of farming in England. In this video, Harry explains what it was like working with Defra to test and trial land management plans. He shows us around Preston Mains Farm and talks about the improvements he will make in his own land management plan.

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.