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.
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?