Transition – a new initiative from Farmers Weekly aimed at securing a sustainable future for your farm business.
Working towards a sustainable future for agriculture
British farmers stand on the cusp of a new agricultural revolution.
Food production remains the primary role of growers and livestock producers. But economic and environmental pressures mean the need to do so – both profitably and sustainably – has never been more important.
To achieve this means farmers and the wider agricultural supply chain must overcome some huge challenges – and adapt to the biggest changes that the sector has seen for more than 50 years.
Direct payments to farmers – which currently account for more than 50% of all agricultural income – are being phased out. Payments in England alone will be halved by 2024 and gone completely by 2028. Other UK nations are following similar paths.
This will leave a huge gap in farm incomes – which must be bridged.
In future, government support for agriculture will require farmers to undertake an increasing amount of environmental work: improving soil health, air and water quality and storing carbon to help mitigate the impact of climate change.
All this means growers and livestock producers must refocus their farm businesses to generate a bigger return from the market place – optimising enterprise performance to ensure they remain viable and thrive while looking after the environment.
Of course, the best farmers already do this. Doing so makes good sense – from a business perspective as well as environmentally. But as all good farmers know, there is always room for improvement.
By sharing knowledge, we can all learn how best to make the transition – highlighting the pitfalls to avoid while embracing the ideas that work. And we aim to do just that through this unique multichannel initiative
Working together, our goal is the same as yours: to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and for your farm business.