DEFRA identifies 46 partners to trial environmental land management scheme

DEFRA’s farming minister has confirmed that a consortium of 46 landowners, farmers, charities and NGOs have been selected to pilot the government’s new environmental land management scheme (ELMS), intended to replace Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies and deliver better outcomes for nature.

George Eustice made the announcement yesterday in response to a written question from DEFRA’s shadow minister, Labour MP David Drew.

ELMS will supplant the EU’s Common Agricultural policy post-Brexit and shift public payments away from rewarding farmers on the amount of land available to produce crops, towards the provision of public goods such as improving water and carbon sequestration.

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