Plan for a future with fewer farm subsidies

With the pressure on farm subsidies only likely to increase, Farmers Weekly is kicking off a new series on planning for a future with less financial support.

In the first part of the series, we speak to Cambridgeshire grower James Peck on his three-year plan, which he started 10 months ago to cope with fewer subsidies.

See also: Farm subsidies (part 1): Planning for heavier reliance on contractors and diverse crops

He is turning to contractors more often, growing more crops to spread his workload and offering grain storage and cleaning to supplement his farming income.

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the £2.3bn spent on direct farm subsidies – the Basic Payment Scheme – is set to come under close scrutiny within an overall total support for farming of £3.2bn.

The government has pledged to maintain direct subsidies until 2020, but after that has hinted financial support will be more likely to be linked to environmental schemes.

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