Agricultural Lore - Summer Edition 2019
Last time I wrote this column I highlighted the limbo in which British agriculture had found itself, between the Common Agricultural Policy and the new British Agriculture Policy. Little did I expect to be here, several months later with the industry facing even greater uncertainty and no real progress on our future relationship with the EU. With some innovative new landlord and tenant proposals out to consultation, there is much to anticipate within the future British Agriculture Policy, if we could only move past the Brexit conundrum.
The current Brexit deadline will see us well into the Autumn before any real progress is likely to be made, yet even now as farmers plan for the new BPS scheme year, there is almost no guidance on much heralded simplification of the scheme, leaving farmers planning in the dark.