A consultation has been launched on proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy. This will shape the future of farming, the rural economy and the natural environment in England from 2015 onwards and covers the following:

Protecting the natural environment. 

Views are invited on a new environmental land management scheme which will replace the existing environmental stewardship schemes and will cover forestry. 

Responses are also invited on proposals for benefiting wildlife and improving natural landscapes.

Improving farm competitiveness and making things simpler.
Views are also sought on how the Common Agricultural Policy can be implemented in England with minimal burdens and how it can support businesses to become less reliant on subsidies.

Protecting pollinators. 

The consultation explores options for the Common Agricultural Policy to do more for pollinators, including shaping the new environmental controls that are part of direct payments, voluntary action under the Campaign for the Farm Environment and the new environmental land management scheme.

Growing the rural economy. 

The consultation sets out the potential to grow the rural economy through business grants and investment in rural tourism.

The consultation closes on November 28th, Responses can be made:

Online at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/cap-consultation 

Via email to capconsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk  

By post to CAP Consultation, Area 1D, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, SW1P 3JR

Consultation on changes to Common Agricultural Policy, including changed to environmental stewardship scheme.