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George Eustice addresses Chartered Accountants

Key points from Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' address at the 2020 virtual Farming & Rural Business Community conference.

At the annual ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Community conference, George Eustice - Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - set out his plans for the future of farming. He said he saw this time as “a period of great change and great opportunity” and specifically confirmed that the Tier 1 element of Environmental Land Management - the Sustainable Farm Incentive - will be accessible to almost all farm businesses. He said it will deal with soil, water, hedge management and integrated pest control and that, in his words, joining this scheme should be a “no brainer”.

Here is a summary of the key points covered in the Q&A session which comprised the bulk of the talk. It should be stressed that this is a summary rather than a verbatim report. The full interview, along with the other conference sessions, can be viewed on-demand whenever you like.