From their tweet today:
Yep, I would hope most farmers will, as it will change their lives.If you fancy reading the details of it all, check out the ag bill - https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/agriculture.html
You only have to consider that the people who will draft the "improved regulations" are the same people who draft Bills, concepts such as relax or simplify are rather alien to such folk."improve regulation" is rather vague....!
Make more complex?
Keep the same but make clearer?
Any of the above could be termed "improve" depending on your perspective.
The Agenda is driven by either the mega rich than can use their money to overtly or covertly influence or the green lobby who have nothing else to do with their time.Who knows.... cerain fact that TPTB haven't a bloody clue.
We will be pushed down an Agenda mapped route, and it is not farmers who will be creating the Agenda...
I got a feeling the green lobby is actually getting used pretty effectively by a section of the mega rich to get them what they want, two choices for land use, left to go wild ( as not profitable to do anything on it ) or land full of subsidised solar panels, turbines, AD crops or tree's all in their control with open access for all to placate the green lobby until such a time they want to cover it with concrete for development.The Agenda is driven by either the mega rich than can use their money to overtly or covertly influence or the green lobby who have nothing else to do with their time.
But that’s the point. They write the cheques.I find the whole approach very presumptious and patronising. "Farming is changing." Well actually it's still in private hands here and I'll change it if I decide to change it and I'm not really interested in what others think they want me to do, looking in as uninformed amateurs from the outside.
It's pretty simple at moment other than for the unwanted interference we already have to put up with. We grow crops and livestock and people buy them, just like they've done for hundreds of years. I can't see a good reason for changing that.
I often think if DEFRA disappeared overnight, would anybody really notice other than the payment cheque wouldn't turn up and it noise and bumf would finish. How much does it take to write a cheque once a year. Not a lot but they don't half make a meal out of it.
So yet again we see the bureaucratic dinosaur trying to postpone extinction by creating yet another bright new future for itself.
“If you don’t want the cheque you can do what you want” really? More like you can do a little more of what you want... only 2 groups can do get away doing what ever they want, the mega Rich and those who tow their homes and ponies behind transit vans.But that’s the point. They write the cheques.
So all farmers have to follow the rules to get paid. If you don’t want the cheque you can quite rightly do whatever you want. If you want the cheque then you “may” have to change the way you farm. Some are farming that way already.
Not going to disagree that it’s a bloated system though.