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
  • Background
  • The future of British agriculture policy
  • The UK Transition Period until 31 December 2020
  • The future beyond 2021
  • Existing funding
  • Delinking
  • Agricultural transition
  • Lump sum
  • New ELM scheme

STOP PRESS: 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. 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 remain unchanged during transition period—LNB News 31/01/2020 24.

See: Agriculture Bill progresses to House of Lords—LNB News 14/05/2020 85.

This Practice Note has been produced while both the Agriculture and Environment Bills are making their way through the legislature. The Practice Note draws on information contained in the Agriculture Bill, the accompanying Explanatory Notes and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA's) Policy Statement published on 25 February 2020.

The purpose of the Practice Note is to show the