A combine harvests winter wheat© Tim Scrivener
The importance of support payment to incomes on many English farms has been highlighted by figures from Defra. The statistics, which cover the 2016-17 year, show that, on average, only general cropping, dairy, pig, specialist poultry and horticulture farms generated a positive return from their farming activities. Although the average income on cereal farms was up 22% to £43,100, if the value of the Basic Payment, agri-environment payments and diversified income are excluded this translates to a loss of £14,300. […]
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