The CLA has welcomed extra funding for a pilot scheme which helps farmers achieve environmental outcomes specifically tailored to their local area.
Defra has confirmed that the ‘Payment by Results’ pilot scheme will be funded for a further two years with £540,000 shared between farmers taking part in the trial in Yorkshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
It is the first agri-environment scheme directly funded by the UK.
CLA Chief Land Use Policy Officer Susan Twining said: “We welcome the extension of the pilot scheme and the extra funding to evaluate how best to achieve environmental outcomes. The CLA called for this type of trial to test how and when outcome based approaches might work for both the farmer and the environment.
“The CLA looked at how to make these trials work in our Land Management Contract which sets out how a post-Brexit public goods scheme should work for farming and rural businesses as well as delivering for the environment and society. We proposed that land managers should have the choice to deliver outcomes for certain activities and that they are supported with expert advice and training to improve their knowledge of environmental land management.
“We look forward to seeing the results of the trial successfully delivering environmental outcomes which benefit the local area.”
Read the CLA’s Land Management Contract: Design and Delivery here
Click here to read more about the funding for the pilot schemes