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Statistical data set Agri-environment indicators

A series of indicators monitoring agricultural and environmental change in England.

These indicators monitor agricultural and environmental change in England and are updated as new information becomes available. The date of the last update for each indicator is shown in brackets after the indicator’s title.

The indicators are based on proposals from an Environmental Monitoring Baseline Project undertaken in 2006. Each indicator comprises a summary of the basic information and data, along with supporting information on the background and relevance to the framework and statistical and technical details on methodology and data sources. The indicators are divided into four groups. For each group there is an associated spreadsheet that provides the data underlying the charts.

A) Mechanisms

This includes indicators of mechanisms through which the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform provisions, and other drivers such as market conditions, determine the economic environment in which farm businesses operate.

B) Processes: Farm Business

Changes in income and costs affects the viability of the farm business, and hence decisions about changing farm structures and management practices. These indicators allow the monitoring of changes in the structure of the agricultural industry as it responds to policy and market signals.

C) Processes: Farm Management

These indicators reflect the everyday decisions involved in managing crops and livestock, which may also have implications for the environment. These might be changes in type of crops grown, the level of inputs, or stocking rate and grazing pattern for livestock.

D) Environmental Impacts

Changes in farm practices are likely to affect a range of environmental variables, including water (DA), soil (DB), air quality (DC), biodiversity (DE) and landscape (DF). These indicators provide information on key environmental variables of policy and public interest.

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