sustainable farming incentive

  1. Defra Farming

    Meet Rose, Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot participant

    Meet Rose, Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot participant Written by The Team Nestled in the historic landscape of Cornwall’s north coast, Wicca Farm dates back to the Bronze Age. The associated cliff land is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) well known for its maritime grassland...
  2. Defra Farming

    Bringing BPS payments forward

    Bringing BPS payments forward Written by Alastair Walton The price of agricultural commodities has always been closely correlated to energy prices. Manufactured ammonium nitrate and urea (the most commonly used nitrogen fertilisers in the UK) require a lot of energy to produce. When the...
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    DEFRA inspires nobody with its SFI Pilot. What happened to ambition?

    I am in the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot (SFI). Nearly 900 of us are signed up across England (devolved nations are not even on this path, please note) to help formulate a viable scheme to enable the green and carbon friendly transition (without detracting from food production). It is an...
  4. AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

    Spring Grain Market Outlook roundup

    Yesterday we held our AHDB Spring Grain Market Outlook webinar. If you missed this, don’t worry! Some key messages are summarised below. You can also watch the recording too, using the video link. Market outlook remains bullish for cereals and oilseeds There may be little surprise that we are...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Fertiliser changes are ‘positive for farmers’ – Batters

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland National Farmers Union (NFU) President Minette Batters has said that farmers are experiencing “unprecedented costs when buying fertiliser, alongside tightening supplies, and it’s critical that government put in place measures to mitigate some of these...
  6. AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

    The Sustainable Farming Incentive

    Farmers in England are experiencing probably the most rapid period of change that any of us have known since accession to the EU back in 1973. With the removal of Direct Payments, and the phasing in of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), farm businesses will need to change and...
  7. Agriland RSS

    SFI will fall ‘far short’ of offsetting direct payment losses – AHDB

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) in its current form will fall far short of offsetting expected direct payment losses, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). AHDB’s latest Horizon report examines in detail the...
  8. Defra Farming

    Video Diary: Farmer Jess Brooks on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

    Video Diary: Farmer Jess Brooks on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot Written by The Team The Brooks Family joined the pilot to help us improve the Sustainable Farming Incentive. For over a century, the family has worked on South Thorness Farm, which is found on the north-west coast of...
  9. Defra Farming

    Landscape Recovery: your questions answered

    Landscape Recovery: your questions answered Written by Sophia Parkinson Copyright Natural England/Peter Wakely In February, we launched the first round of the Landscape Recovery pilot. Landscape Recovery is 1 of our 3 environmental land management schemes. In this round, we will fund up...
  10. Defra Farming

    Watch episode 3: Land management plans and the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

    Watch episode 3: Land management plans and the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot Written by The Team Through tests and trials, we want to understand the role that land management plans could play in our schemes. In the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot, we provided farmers with 3...
  11. GOV.UK RSS

    Eustice: supporting farmers ahead of the coming growing season

    Eustice: supporting farmers ahead of the coming growing season Written by Defra Press Office On Wednesday 30th March 2022, Defra announced a new package of support for farmers ahead of the coming growing season. The announcement has received widespread coverage across national, trade and...
  12. Defra Farming

    Sustainable Farming Incentive: standards, payment rates, and how to prepare

    Sustainable Farming Incentive: standards, payment rates, and how to prepare Written by Tom Lewis © Natural England/Neil Pike The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of our 3 new environmental land management schemes. Through the scheme, we want to support farmers to become more sustainable...
  13. Defra Farming

    Fertiliser: updates and support

    Fertiliser: updates and support Written by The Team The price of fertiliser has risen dramatically over the past year, but especially in recent months. Multiple global issues, including the war in Ukraine, have reduced gas and ammonium nitrate supply, forcing prices up. We know the impact...
  14. Agriland RSS

    New Defra measures to help with rising on-farm costs

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today (Wednesday, March 29) announced a series of measures it hopes will assist farmers through the upcoming growing season. In particular, it is hoped that these measures will help...
  15. Defra Farming

    Monitoring, evaluating and learning in the Future Farming and Countryside Programme

    Monitoring, evaluating and learning in the Future Farming and Countryside Programme Written by Kieron Stanley © Natural England/Peter Roworth In previous blog posts we’ve written about how we’re adopting a test-and-learn approach across the Future Farming and Countryside Programme. We’re...
  16. Agriland RSS

    Opportunities to expand the export of red meat from NI to develop

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) chief executive, Ian Stevenson believes that opportunities to expand the export of red meat from Northern Ireland (NI) will develop over the coming years. He also holds to the view that the basic direction of travel...
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    One man's mission to turn East Anglia Green

    The Zocon Greenseeder has helped Jon Myhill turn East Anglia “green” during the winter months of farming. Jon, a Director at MB Farming Ltd, Suffolk and the agronomist for the Maize Growers Association, has been involved in maize under sowing trials on farms throughout Norfolk and the Waveney...
  18. Agriland RSS

    GWCT develops new Wildlife Plot seed mix

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland A new wildlife plot cover crop seed mix, which promises to be one of the best yet for biodiversity, has been developed by scientists at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). The ‘Wildlife Plot’ mix is available through the government funded...
  19. Defra Farming

    Watch Episode 2: Land management plans and the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

    Watch Episode 2: Land management plans and the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot Written by The Team As we said in our previous post, a land management plan brings together various pieces of information including maps, field records and details of how the land is managed. Farmers and land...
  20. Badshot

    SFI pilot

    Well I have had it with this now. Emails still aren't coming to me direct, so I am missing some fairly important ones I think. The amount of nonsensical rubbish coming out is overwhelming, there's nobody listening to us when we ask questions, utter shambles. The rewards do not add up at...
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