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Farmers in UK urged to apply for Countryside Stewardship

Staff Writer |
UK landowners’ organisation the CLA is urging farmers to apply for Countryside Stewardship agri-environment schemes before the window closes for next year’s schemes.

Although Chancellor Philip Hammond has guaranteed funding levels for farming up until 2020, which has given some short-term assurance to farmers, the future of funding for agri-environment programmes remains uncertain.

Even so, CLA is urging farmers to apply and this week said Countryside Stewardship is "Too important to be derailed by the current lack of clarity from Government on some aspects of its future."

To meet the application window deadline for 2017 agreements, applicants must have requested an application pack for the ‘Mid Tier’ element of the scheme by the end of August and submit their application to Natural England by the end of September.

CLA President Ross Murray said, "The Treasury announcement earlier this month has provided much-needed reassurance that the Government is committed to honouring agri-environment agreements next year.

"There are still some areas of clarification that we are working with Government to iron out, but land managers should press on with submitting their applications for 2017 agreements in good time for the end of September deadline.

"The environmental outcomes that will be delivered under these schemes are too important to be lost."

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