The latest edition of Farm Business, takes an in-depth look at Michael Gove’s plans for a post-Brexit farm policy in England.
Last week, the Defra Secretary published a consultation document setting out the framework for a post-Brexit farm support policy that would replace the current Basic Payment system with a new system of ‘public money for public goods’, via an ‘agricultural transition’.
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The reaction from industry leaders has been, at best, lukewarm, with the paper having done little to alleviate concerns over whether farmers’ core role as food producers will be given sufficient weight alongside the other public goods outlined in the document. You can find out more on pages, 1, 4 and 6.
Meanwhile, in this edition, editor Alistair Driver takes a look at how new NFU president Minette Batters fared in her first speech in the role as she laid the foundations for the NFU’s approach to Brexit in the critical months and years to come.
Food and Rural Affairs Committee chair Neil Parish, also outlines his views on new Brexit trade deals, Michael Gove and the Food Standards Agency’s role in the 2 Sisters scandal.