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.
EFRA COMMITTEE PUBLISHED ITS SCRUTINY OF THE AGRICULTURE BILL
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has published its Scrutiny of the Agriculture Bill report this week (27 Novembern 2018).
Recommendations to amend the Agriculture Bill include the introduction of a multi-annual financial framework to provide a long-term funding commitment to the industry and a promise to ensure that any food imported under future trade deals maintains or exceeds UK standards.
FARMING AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS UNITE ON CRUCIAL LONG-TERM FUNDING MESSAGE
Farmers, landowners and environmental groups are bringing a united message to Parliament today (30 October) calling for the Government to commit to long-term funding for the policies detailed in the new Agriculture Bill.
While these groups each seek independent amendments to the Agriculture Bill more widely, they are united in their advocacy that a commitment to long-term funding is crucial to achieving the Government’s ambitions of feeding the nation with high quality food alongside delivering environmental benefits.
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
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.
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.
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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