Agriculture Working Group
Chair: Abi Bunker, RSPB
Vice Chair: Ian Woodhurst, CPRE
Secretary: Julie Middleton
The Agriculture Working Group works to support and deliver a sustainable, high quality, multi-functional rural environment through influencing and monitoring policy on rural development, agri-environment, bioenergy, and animal welfare standards. The group leads Link’s CAP Reform Campaign, which calls for a clear route map with measurable milestones for the CAP to evolve into a European Sustainable Land Management Policy by 2020.
Update from the group:
Letter to the Secretary of State
In March Link wrote to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ahead of the Council of Ministers discussion in Brussels on reform of the CAP. In his response to the letter, Owen Paterson re-stated his intention to continue to push hard for a reform of the CAP ‘that delivers a good outcome on the CAP for farmers, consumers, taxpayers and the environment’.
At the end of April Link replied to the Secretary of State’s letter, encouraging him to stand firm on three key issues:
- Transfer of funding from Pillar I to Pillar II in order to support Rural Development Programme funds;
- Ensuring that greening of Pillar I payments delivers high quality environmental outcomes;
- Prioritising agri-environment schemes within the next Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
Working Group meeting
On 11 April the Agriculture Working Group held a meeting to discuss priority work areas for the next quarter. Key areas of activity will include influencing the design of the next RDPE, continued work on CAP advocacy at the EU level and communication of the Link position statement on food security.
Last updated: 30 April 2013
|May 13||Sustainable and Secure: 10 steps for the future of food|
|Mar 13||Media release: Countdown for the countryside, 5 days left to urge MEPs to vote for nature-friendly farming|
A series of briefings for MPs on CAP Reform:
|Dec 12||Link Position Statement on Food Security|
|Oct 12||Link response to the consultation on the draft NAP for pesticides|
A series of briefings for MEPs on CAP Reform:
|May 12||Link Pesticides Forum response|
|Mar 12||Link response to Defra CAP discussion paper|
|Nov 11||Link Report: Crunch Time for CAP - November 2011|