Agricultural property—agricultural support
Produced in partnership with Ben Sharples and Caroline Baines of Michelmores LLP
Agricultural property—agricultural support

The following Private Client guidance note Produced in partnership with Ben Sharples and Caroline Baines of Michelmores LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Agricultural property—agricultural support
  • Introduction to agricultural support
  • Agricultural support payable under the Common Agricultural Policy (pre-Brexit)
  • Direct payments—Basic Payment Scheme
  • Rural development support
  • Environmental designations

BREXIT IMPACT: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note, which is currently under review.

The Agriculture Bill introduced on 16 January 2020 has set out how farmers and land managers in England will in the future be rewarded with public money for public goods—such as better air and water quality, higher animal welfare standards, improved access to the countryside or measures to reduce flooding. This will replace the current subsidy system of Direct Payments which pays farmers for the total amount of land farmed. Direct Payments will be phased out over an agricultural transition period, which is due to start in 2021 and run for seven years. The government has also announced that the funding available for Direct Payments for 2020 will be the same as for 2019, and the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill has been introduced to Parliament to enable the government to make Direct Payments to farmers for the 2020 scheme year. For subsequent years the government has committed to matching the current budget available to farmers in every year of the current Parliament.

See: Farm payments to