An electronic tool has been launched for advisers and agronomists to demonstrate how the Campaign for the Farmed Environment is economically viable compared to the regulatory alternative.
The CFE was developed by the industry to fend off the reintroduction of a form of compulsory set-aside.
Campaign partners argued that this would have resulted in inspections, penalties and significant administrative overheads, as well as placing a financial burden on farmers and land managers.
Bob Bulmer, Hutchinsons Environmental Service Manager said: “The cost calculator fills a gap when it comes to evaluating the economic impact of voluntary measures and ELS options.
“It also highlights the potential consequences of the reintroduction of compulsory set-aside. The calculator is easy to use and gross margins can be quickly amended as situations change.”
Advisers and agronomists can request a personal copy of the Cost Calculator from the Campaign Programme Office by emailing or calling 024 7685 8607.