Defra is increasing money available for farmers and land managers.
Today (5th January 2023) , Minister Mark Spencer gave a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference, in which he announced more support for our farmers through these difficult times of rising costs.
Defra are updating payment rates for both Countryside Stewardship revenue options and capital items from the start of this year.
Defra are also introducing a new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) ‘management payment’. In addition to the money already available through the SFI, they will pay up to £1,000 for the first 50 hectares to cover the costs farmers incur when entering the scheme.
The payment will benefit all farmers in SFI, but it will particularly benefit smaller farms (up to 50 hectares).
There is something available for everyone in our package of environmental land management schemes and one-off grants. Defra encourage all farmers to look closely at what’s on offer so they can find what works best for their business.
For more information, please read our press notice.