At last the news we have been waiting for. The government has announced a new Agriculture Bill which shines a light on its intentions regards post-Brexit change. Whilst it is anticipated that Basic Payments will continue at the same level in 2019 and 2020 (with some simplifications), there will be a period of phasing out between 2021 and 2027 during which time some of the money will be directed towards efficiency and production grants.
With an air of positivity Environment Secretary Michael Gove envisages a brighter future in farming, enabling the delivery of a Green Brexit to reward farmers for environmental work. He recognised that farmers require a gradual transition to allow them to plan ahead, as they will in future be paid for improvements to air, water, soil health, animal welfare standards, public access and flood reduction.
A new Environmental Land Management Scheme will be introduced. It will be trialled in 2019. It is anticipated that the Countryside Stewardship Scheme will continue to be open for applications in 2019 and 2020.