Government backs away from compulsory 'whole farm audits'

The Government has fleshed out its proposals for whole farm plans and audits, in a package of announcements unveiled in response to the Curry Commission report on the future of farming. However, while accepting the idea of such audits as a way of improving the management of natural resources and reducing pollution, Ministers have backed away from making them a compulsory feature of the new "entry level" farm subsidy scheme.

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