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Co-designing schemes for sustainable farming (Defra)

Friday 8 January | 2pm GMT

England’s Rural Payment Schemes (RPA)

Monday 10 January | 4pm GMT

Defra is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We are responsible for improving and protecting the environment, growing the green economy and supporting world-class food, farming and fishing industries in England. We work closely with our 33 agencies and arm’s length bodies, including the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission.

For the first time in over 40 years, we have the opportunity to reform the way we regulate and support agriculture in England.  Our departure from the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy means we are able decided how we farm our land. 

Between 2021 and 2027, we will gradually reduce and then stop untargeted Direct Payments. We will invest the money that we free up to support agriculture in different ways. We will pay farmers to improve the environment, improve animal health and welfare, and reduce carbon emissions.

Our Environmental Land Management scheme will be the cornerstone of our new agricultural policy. We are working closely with a range of environmental and agricultural stakeholders to co-design the new scheme so that it is fit for purpose when it launches in full in 2024.

By 2028, we want to see a renewed agricultural sector, producing healthy food for consumption at home and abroad, where farms can be profitable and economically sustainable without subsidy. We also want to see farming and the countryside contributing significantly to environmental goals including addressing climate change.

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