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Set-aside mitigation – no longer a threat
CAP greening – sensible choices
Why do we need CFE now?
Environmental challenges...
Ministerial Support
“ …my department will work closely with farming and
environmental organisations on how the Campaign
fo...
Industry-led, local delivery
• Farmer led Local Liaison Groups in
each county
• Ownership & leadership
• Facilitates commu...
CFE Targets
“To retain the area of land managed by farmers for
the environment over the period of CAP transition.”
• Fewer...
CFE’s role in the industry
• To demonstrate that the industry is taking
leadership to improve and protect the farmed
envir...
Cap Greening
Defra has adopted the three measures set out in
the EU Regulation:
Crop diversification
Permanent grassland...
Greening:
crop diversification
• On holdings with more than 10ha of arable land, at
least 2 crops must be grown, and with ...
Greening:
permanent grassland
• The ratio of permanent grassland to total eligible
agricultural area in England must not f...
Greening:
Ecological Focus Areas
• Holdings with more than 15ha of arable land must
have EFAs. Farms with more than 75% gr...
Shape of the new Common Agricultural Programme
CAP
2014-
2020
Pillar
1
sCM
O
Direct
payment
s
Greening
Pillar
2 –
RDP
New ...
Rural Development Programme
• Farmers, growers, foresters, land owners, rural businesses
or rural communities could potent...
Agri-environment schemes
in 2014
• Organic ELS and Uplands ELS continue as normal
• HLS open for expiring Countryside Stew...
The new Environmental
Land Management scheme
• A single scheme, with different tiers accessing the
full suite or more limi...
The new Environmental
Land Management scheme
• Opens for application in 2015
• Single start date of 1 January
• A 5-year a...
The new Environmental
Land Management scheme
• Emphasis in the scheme on co-ordinated/
collective landscape-scale applicat...
What does this mean for me?
• Be aware of the need for a voluntary approach to a
range of environmental issues, including ...
DON’T
PANIC!
CFE – Industry-Led Ally for Farmers
All farmers, land managers and advisers have a part to
play in the Campaign for the Fa...
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  1. 1. Set-aside mitigation – no longer a threat CAP greening – sensible choices Why do we need CFE now? Environmental challenges – many to face and more to come
  2. 2. Ministerial Support “ …my department will work closely with farming and environmental organisations on how the Campaign for the Farmed Environment will deliver targets at local level for protecting watercourses, providing habitat for farmland birds, wildlife and pollinators.” Owen Paterson Secretary of State 19 December 2013
  3. 3. Industry-led, local delivery • Farmer led Local Liaison Groups in each county • Ownership & leadership • Facilitates communication from ground level to national • Information exchange platform between farmers, industry partners etc. • Local Campaign Coordinators cover whole of lowland England • Local priorities • Coordination of events • Coordination of farmer contact • Develop messages 12 other industry and conservation partners
  4. 4. CFE Targets “To retain the area of land managed by farmers for the environment over the period of CAP transition.” • Fewer than 200 ELS agreements expire in the eastern region between now and June 2015 • Don’t put unproductive land back into production – sit tight until there is more information. • Keep your options open - for the environment, greening and the new agri-environment scheme. What does this mean in practice?
  5. 5. CFE’s role in the industry • To demonstrate that the industry is taking leadership to improve and protect the farmed environment • To enable the industry to be pro-active in environmental management within commercial farm businesses • To demonstrate the value of environmental management to a farm business • To help farmers make decisions on greening and agri-environment schemes
  6. 6. Cap Greening Defra has adopted the three measures set out in the EU Regulation: Crop diversification Permanent grassland Ecological Focus Areas Organic units are exempt from greening.
  7. 7. Greening: crop diversification • On holdings with more than 10ha of arable land, at least 2 crops must be grown, and with more than 30 ha, 3 crops. • Holdings which are in more than 75% grass or fallow and have 30ha or less of arable land are exempt. • A single crop must not cover more than 75% arable land, two main crops not more than 95%. • Winter and spring varieties are counted as different crops. Both temporary grass and fallow land are considered to be crops.
  8. 8. Greening: permanent grassland • The ratio of permanent grassland to total eligible agricultural area in England must not fall by more than 5%. This represents little change. Currently the situation is that if the ratio falls by 5%, monitoring of the percentage is required and further ploughing/ conversion may be disallowed; if it falls by10% farmers who have already ploughed/converted will have to reinstate grassland. However, there will be a new baseline date. • Ploughing or conversion to more intensive management will not be allowed on designated environmentally sensitive grasslands.
  9. 9. Greening: Ecological Focus Areas • Holdings with more than 15ha of arable land must have EFAs. Farms with more than 75% grassland (PP or TG) and 30ha or less arable land are exempt. • EFAs of up to 5% arable must be chosen from a list of options; possibilities include fallow land, field margins, hedges, trees, areas with green cover/ nitrogen fixing crops. Options for pollinators are key. • WE HAVE NO MORE DETAIL and there is much to be decided: weighting, equivalent areas etc.
  10. 10. Shape of the new Common Agricultural Programme CAP 2014- 2020 Pillar 1 sCM O Direct payment s Greening Pillar 2 – RDP New land management schemes Growth Farming Competitivenes s LEADER 87% £3.1Bn, of which £2.2Bn committed £3.5Bn 5% £177M 4% £140M 4% £140M £11.6Bn Rural Development Programme • Improve the environment; • Promote strong rural economic growth; and • Increase the productivity and efficiency of farming and forestry businesses. • CAP consultation outcomes announced in December 2013 • The CAP will retain its two pillars: • Pillar 1 for direct payments to farmers and market control measures; and • Pillar 2 to promote rural development
  11. 11. Rural Development Programme • Farmers, growers, foresters, land owners, rural businesses or rural communities could potentially benefit from RD Programme funding • The current socio-economic funding is drawing to a close, however another round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme aimed at helping farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources opened on 04 February. • Please contact the East of England RDPE Delivery Team for further details: 0300 0600541; rdpedeliveryeast@defra.gsi.gov.uk 12
  12. 12. Agri-environment schemes in 2014 • Organic ELS and Uplands ELS continue as normal • HLS open for expiring Countryside Stewardships and ESAs, SSSIs and other high priority cases, and to meet WFD criteria. Early closing date for applications • ELS open for expiring Countryside Stewardships and ESAs which do not meet HLS requirements • Don’t let greening stop you – get-out clause
  13. 13. The new Environmental Land Management scheme • A single scheme, with different tiers accessing the full suite or more limited options • The integration into one scheme of former Environmental Stewardship, Woodland Grant Schemes and possibly capital grants schemes such as CSF and RDPE • Focused, targeted and competitive: smaller budget, and in early years much of this will be taken up by existing agreements
  14. 14. The new Environmental Land Management scheme • Opens for application in 2015 • Single start date of 1 January • A 5-year agreement • Capital grant scheme • Directed or incentivised options – more advice will be available • Local priorities of key importance
  15. 15. The new Environmental Land Management scheme • Emphasis in the scheme on co-ordinated/ collective landscape-scale applications • Each farmer has their own agreement, and can contribute to the whole at different levels • Payment for facilitator to “join up” options, but groups to be farmer-led • Similarities to the “catchment based approach”, but not just river-based (woodlands, other landscapes)
  16. 16. What does this mean for me? • Be aware of the need for a voluntary approach to a range of environmental issues, including pollinators • Take advantage of CFE and industry partners for information and advice • Use environmental options smartly: the right option in the right place with the right management • identify, protect and enhance the important habitats on your farm • enhance water and soil quality • provide a year-round food supply for wildlife • Take advice on how greening might sit with your ELS or HLS, or a new scheme
  17. 17. DON’T PANIC!
  18. 18. CFE – Industry-Led Ally for Farmers All farmers, land managers and advisers have a part to play in the Campaign for the Farmed Environment: empowering the industry to demonstrate leadership on the environment For free advice telephone 01223 841507 or email: eastanglia@cfeonline.org.uk www.cfeonline.org.uk
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