We are pleased to publish this discussion of recent developments in UK (England’s) post-Brexit agricultural policy by Professor Ian Hodge of the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK. The comments here represent solely the views of the author and not of any UK government department.
Following Brexit, the UK has been developing its own approach to agricultural policy. Agriculture is a devolved matter and so the individual nations are introducing separate policies. In England, under the 2020 Agriculture Act, direct payments are being phased out over a seven year transition period and replaced by Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMs) under the slogan of ‘public money for public goods’. … Read the rest
We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Professor Ian Hodge, Professor Emeritus of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK.
Agricultural policy reform will always be unfinished business. Shifting political priorities and power bases, changing technologies and developing environmental pressures will all alter the balance of priorities and mechanisms. But opportunities for radical policy reforms are rare. The periodic reforms of the CAP have as yet failed to deliver the level of change that many readers of this CAP reform blog would like to see. However, in the UK, Brexit offers a unique opportunity to rewrite policy from the ground up. … Read the rest
We are delighted to bring you this guest post by Professor Ian Hodge of the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge on the topic of UK policy towards agricultural land after Brexit. The views expressed are his own and should not be attributed to any organisation with which he is associated.
Brexit requires the United Kingdom to develop its own policy towards agriculture and rural land to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. This must recognise the multiple benefits and costs associated with rural land use and promote the integrated management of rural land in the long term public interest through a British Ecosystem Services Policy (BESP).… Read the rest