AGRICULTURE BILL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Welcome to the CLA’s dedicated page for the Agriculture Bill where you can find everything you need to know about the bill. The bill is a seminal moment for the rural economy and the CLA is at the heart of discussions with government, politicians and the media to ensure that the bill provides benefits to CLA members and the wider rural economy. 

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EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BRIEFING ON THE AGRICULTURE BILL SECOND READING

MPs debated the Agriculture Bill for the first time on 10 October at what is called Second Reading. This is a chance for MPs to debate the principles of the Bill before it moves to more detailed scrutiny. The CLA has produced a short summary of the debate for members highlighting the key points and what they mean for farmers and landowners. 

 

EFRA SELECT COMMITTEE RESPONSE

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (Efra Committee) is holding an inquiry into the Agriculture Bill. The Efra Committee is a group of influential MPs who examine the work of Defra and its ministers. The CLA has responded to the inquiry and will be appearing before the committee on 24 October. At the end of its inquiry the committee will publish a report with a series of recommendations for changes that could be made to the bill.

To read the CLA’s submission to the inquiry click here.


EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BRIEFING ON THE AGRICULTURE BILL

The Government has published the Agriculture Bill, the first piece of domestic farming legislation in decades. The CLA has produced a guide that tells you what is in the Bill and our views but most importantly what it means for farmers and landowners across the country. 
As the Bill passes through Parliament the CLA will be at the forefront of the activity and speaking to MPs about the Bill to ensure that it delivers real benefits and opportunities for landowners and the wider rural economy.
 

  

CLA MP BRIEFING NOTE

MPs will debate the Agriculture Bill for the first time on 10 October and below is the CLA’s briefing note to Members of Parliament highlighting the key issues that they should focus as the bill passes through Parliament.

 
 
 
AGRICULTURE BILL 2ND READING: DETAIL NEEDED NOW ON LONGER TERM-FUNDING, SAYS CLA
 

MPs will have their first opportunity to debate the main principles of the Agriculture Bill at the Bill’s Second Reading in the House of Commons on 10 October. The CLA is calling on MPs to ensure that four crucial elements are at the forefront of discussions

 

CLA REACTION TO AGRICULTURE BILL

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “The development of a new post-Brexit UK agriculture policy is a seminal moment for the future of our countryside.

“We fully support the Government’s ambition for a future where farming and food production go hand in hand with a healthy environment.

“The CLA has long promoted a contractual model for the delivery of public goods, as an alternative to direct payments, through our Land Management Contract. This should provide clear objectives and obligations for both the Government and the land manager. We are pleased the Government has recognised the full range of public benefits that farmers and land managers can deliver and that they will be rewarded for work such as reducing flood risk, enhancing soil health and air quality and improving access to the countryside.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL REACTION

 

 
TRANSITION TIMELINE

The below timeline* sets out the CLA’s understanding of timings for the Agricultural Transition due to run from 2021-2027. This information is based on what is publicly available and CLA conversations with Defra officials.

 

*accurate as of October 2018

 
HERE TO HELP
 
The CLA team is here for you, to answer your questions and guide you as best we can through the decisions you need to make for your land and business. In the first instance any queries should be directed to your regional office, you can find their contact details here
 
If you have any specific questions on the CLA’s activity in Parliament or would like to understand more about the Bill’s passage through Parliament please contact CLA Public Affairs Adviser Eleanor Wood.