For more than three decades farmers and land owners have been able to claim subsidy designed to support agricultural production and also to encourage environmental protection. Recently these have been worth in excess of £3 billion per annum to the UK land-based sector but their future is less certain as we approach Brexit. After our departure it is likely the essence of the Schemes will survive but, perhaps, under new names. Fundamentally, government appears to support ongoing payments to agriculture but these are likely to be more focused on bringing enhanced environmental benefit.
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