Sustainable farming incentive scheme

Can someone please give me a quick idiots guide to this and how it all fits together?

Is it to be run in conjunction with elms is it a replacement until elms comes on board?

When looking at it can you stack the option i.e. can we claim both the arable land standard AND the arable soil standard? Is this the same with the grassland options?

Thanks
 

Peter Hitchcock

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Arable Farmer
Location
Hertfordshire
The Sustainable Farming incentive is the first pilot of the ELMS scheme, and to me looks like it will be the main replacement for BPS. It has three tiers (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) all with different requirements and payment levels. You are able to stack options, so on our arable ground we will hopefully be able to implement the Arable land Standard, Arable Soil Standard as well as having the Waterbody Buffering Standard and Hedgerow Standard around the edge of the fields. I haven't really looked into grass so am not too sure how it will work with that, but imagine similar rules would apply. At the moment the catch seems to be that you are only eligible to apply to be a pilot farm if you are not in another countryside stewardship scheme.
I would imagine that pilot schemes for the Local Nature Recovery and Landscape recovery, which make up the other two components of ELMS will come out within the year, but that is just a guess.
 
Can someone please give me a quick idiots guide to this and how it all fits together?

Is it to be run in conjunction with elms is it a replacement until elms comes on board?

When looking at it can you stack the option i.e. can we claim both the arable land standard AND the arable soil standard? Is this the same with the grassland options?

Thanks
Nfu has a paper on it with links to the detail

looks interesting
but if you are in stewardship you cannot use both
 

2tractors

Member
Location
Cornwall
Yes you can build the payments as you describe, also higher levels depending on the risk level for run off, so every farm will be different.
 

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AHDB has announced yesterday it is winding down significant activities on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors.

While still awaiting a decision on the future by Ministers in England, Scotland and Wales, AHDB wants to reassure levy payers their views have been heard following recent ballots in the two sectors.

AHDB is now stopping programmes of work that could be restarted in the future by grower associations, individual growers or the supply chain. This work includes for example, export market access and promotional international trade event work, consumer marketing campaigns and market pricing and insight information. AHDB will continue to deliver limited emergency work on pests and diseases, including the Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU)’s and some...
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