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Link’s Agriculture Working Group seeks to conserve the natural and historic environment and improve animal welfare by seeking improvements to agriculture and land management policy.

Chair: Helen Chesshire, Woodland Trust
Vice Chair: Tom Lancaster, RSPB
Policy and Campaigns Manager: Zoe Davies, Link

Update from the group:

Link’s Agriculture Group continues to focus on the impacts of Brexit on farming and land management - specifically the replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy after the UK leaves the EU. The Group continues to work in partnership with Greener UK, Sustain, and with our colleagues in the devolved countries through Environment Links UK, to ensure we advocate effectively for the best possible outcomes for post-Brexit agriculture policy across the UK.

Throughout November, members of the Group have worked with colleagues at Greener UK to influence the Agriculture Bill during Second Reading and Committee stage in the Commons. Our briefing for Second Reading recognised the positive aspects of the Bill –– namely that it does allow for payment of public money for delivery of public goods – and set out our priorities for amendments. These include: enshrining duties in the Bill, not just powers; the need for a long-term funding settlement to give farmers confidence in the new scheme; the establishment of a regulatory baseline; and ensuring that payments to increase productivity do not undermine the delivery of public goods. We have also been preparing for the Bill to return to the Commons for Report Stage before Christmas, and for it to enter the Lords in the New Year.

Follow the progress of the Agriculture Bill and amendments as they are tabled here.

The Group is also seeking to influence the review of farm inspection and regulation, chaired by Dame Glenys Stacey. Group representatives held focus group meetings with Dame Glenys and her team in July, and again in September following the publication of the interim review report.

For further information, contact Zoe Davies, Link’s Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 30 November 2018