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3/23/2021

Is the Sustainable Farming Incentive really going to do what it says on the tin?

Season 1, Ep. 51
As farming begins to move away from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) towards new policies that will be co-designed and tested together with farmers, land managers and experts, we're looking at the Sustainable Farming Incentive.What does it mean for growers and, will it actually do what it says on the tin?The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) forms part of the ELM scheme, which will open up to farmers in 2022.SFI will pay farmers to take actions that deliver desired environmental outcomes, such as boosting levels of organic matter in soils or planting hedgerows to provide year-round food, shelter and breeding cover for birds and insects.With some farmers across the country deciding to enter the pilot scheme we're putting it under the spotlight to understand it in real terms.To find out more about SFI, Farmers Guardian Chief Reporter Abi Kay is joined by NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw and AHDB’s Strategic Insight Manager Sarah Baker.LinksTo learn more about AHDB's take, visit their EU Exit Perspectives blog: https://ahdb.org.uk/eu-exit-perspectives-blogFind out more about the sustainable farming incentive: https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/environment/agri-environment-schemes/agri-environment-news/what-is-the-sustainable-farming-incentive/Read our take on SFI: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/concerns-raised-over-sfi-pilot-as-defra-publishes-details-of-scheme-117564