DEFRA launch landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.

Posted on: 16/01/2020

Today (16 January), Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) introduced a landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.

The Bill’s introduction has given DEFRA the opportunity to make improvements to the original Agriculture Bill introduced in 2018, taking into account feedback from those working in the agricultural sector.

They have produced a short summary of the Bill and what’s new. You can also view a short video on the Bill, and see what the Secretary of State has to say about its introduction via this link.

What’s next?

You can keep track of the Bill’s progress through Parliament via this link. Once passed, the UK will have the power to:

  • move away from the EU’s bureaucratic Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and
  • towards a new approach where farmers and land managers are able to be rewarded with public money for providing public goods

Defra will also invest in supporting farmers to improve productivity.

When will changes happen?

These changes won’t happen overnight. There will be a seven-year transition period - from 2021 to the end of 2027 - so that farmers can plan and adjust to a new domestic farming system.

For more information, you can read our ‘Farming is Changing’ leaflet.



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