Farming policy

The Future of our Farming

The Future of our Farming (1.7mb pdf)Hilary Benn launched The Future of our Farming (PDF 1.7MB) at the Royal Show on 9 July 2009 - a leaflet for the farming community outlining our shared aims for and actions towards achieving a thriving and environmentally sustainable farming industry.


The Government's policy is to secure an environment in which a competitive and sustainable agricultural industry with a strong market focus can flourish.

The outcome of the Agenda 2000 negotiations led to a significant shift away from price support to direct payments under CAP Reform. In doing so the emphasis moved from production-based support towards environmental and rural development measures.

Looking forward, by 2020 we want English agriculture to be profitable in the marketplace, continuing to produce the majority of the food we consume; making a positive net environmental contribution, notably in respect of climate change, but also more widely; and managing the landscape and the natural assets that underlie it.

Other material

  • Levy Boards - Further information about The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), including details of its Board Members and current levy rates.
  • Livestock strategy - covering livestock and red meat chain issues from animal breeding, through livestock production systems and primary processing, to retail/catering.
  • International agricultural policy
  • EU enlargement - information on what enlargement of the European Union means for agriculture, environment and fisheries in the EU
  • World Trade Organization negotiations on agriculture - an overview of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on agriculture
  • State aid - information aimed at administrators within Government Departments and agencies, local authorities and other Government bodies who are considering paying out State aid
  • Genetic resources for food and agriculture - information about Defra's role in the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture.
  • England Rural Development Programme - schemes to develop rural businesses as well as to conserve and improve the environment. The other three United Kingdom devolved Agriculture Departments have their own Rural Development Plans.
  • Whole Farm Approach - Defra's electronic service to develop an integrated access point to Defra and related agencies for farmers and growers

Page last modified: 9 July 2009