Farm Business takes in-depth look at Gove’s Agriculture Bill

The latest edition of Farm Business, takes an in-depth look at the long-awaited Agriculture Bill, published on Wednesday.
Welcomed by some, greeted with genuine concern by others, Michael Gove’s Bill has reignited the debate over the future direction of farming, at least in England. The Bill confirms the switch to a farm support policy based on ‘public money for public goods’ and sets out the timetable for the end of direct payments. After a seven-year transition, they will be gone by 2027.
But, while the politics of the policy are clear for all to see, along with some potential real gains, at what cost to food production? The debate will continue.

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The Bill was not the only big development in farming this week. Red Tractor, which launched its first ever national TV advertising campaign on Wednesday, has announced moves to secure its future as the ‘flagship for British food and farming’. But can it deliver?

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.