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Link’s Agriculture Working Group works 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
Information and Policy Coordinator: Zoe Davies, Link

Update from the group:

Link’s Agriculture Group continues to focus on the impacts of Brexit on agriculture - specifically the replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy after the UK leaves the EU - identifying Link member priorities and engaging with Government, the farming sector and other environmental NGOs.

In September 2017, the Group published its proposals for a Sustainable Farming and Land Management policy in England, with a short briefing summarising the contents of a more detailed discussion paper. The Group also published a set of FAQs to answer some of the key questions stakeholders may have about the proposals.

Involving collaboration between a wide range of experts from across Link's membership, the work also benefitted from the input of other experts including the Soil Association and Sustain.

The discussion paper and associated material are a constructive, pragmatic and ambitious contribution to the current debate. They are forming the basis of our conversations with farmers and land managers, Government and other stakeholders, as we seek to ensure that the Agriculture Bill, and policies that flow from it, secure a bright future for both farming and the environment.

In November 2017, Michael Gove, Defra Secretary of State, told a Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry: "Some of the most interesting ideas have come from organisations like Wildlife and Countryside Link."

The Group continues to work closely with colleagues from the devolved countries through Environment Links UK. Through this partnership, the Group is in a strong position to advocate for the best possible outcomes for post-Brexit agriculture policy across the UK.

For further information, contact Zoe Davies, Link’s Information and Policy Coordinator.

Last updated: 15 December 2017