What Gove’s 'public money for public goods' plan will mean for rural schemes

The environment secretary has set out his vision for a new post-Brexit system of farming subsidies. James Parsons investigates the shift to a “public money for public goods” approach

Young barley crop

Soil health will be considered a public good

At the end of February, the environment secretary Michael Gove published a command paper fleshing out the details of his plans to provide farmers and rural landowners with subsidies based on enhancing the environment and investing in sustainable food production rather than the amount of land they farm.

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