Sustainable farming and our land: simplifying agricultural support

Schedule 5 to the UK Agricultural Bill includes powers for the Welsh Ministers to amend and extend retained direct EU legislation and modify legislation relating to the Rural Development Programme (RDP). Welsh Government is proposing to continue with the existing CAP regulatory framework until new agricultural support schemes are available - probably after 2023 - while making some changes that are in some areas relatively minor, and in others significant - particularly with regard to Pillar 2 and the principles which underpin the RDP.

The first half of the consultation document - up to question seventeen - sets out eleven proposals for making adjustments to the current Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) from the 2021 scheme year until the new Sustainable Farming Scheme is developed and implemented.

Some of the BPS proposals include:

NRW Consultation - changes to guidance for assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments

NRW have reviewed the guidance used to assess the potential environmental impact of emissions of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments (referred to as GN020)

As a result of this review, NRW are proposing the following changes to the guidance:

  • We will use the information produced for the Town and Country Planning Act EIA to determine a permit, and use the same thresholds where that information is available
  • We will use a variety of screening distances based on the type of development and the number of animal places proposed, reducing the distance for the smaller units and increasing it for the larger units.
  • We will produce a map of species and habitat locations around which extremely strict controls and detailed modelling is likely to be a requirement; this may include, but not necessarily be limited to, Natura 2000 sites.
  • We will remove the 1% screening threshold of insignificance for in-combination assessments.
  • We will use the critical level to inform whether the proposed development will harm the species or habitat.
  • We withdraw OGN 41 and only use GN 020 provided as web content
  • We will make the guidance accessible and collate all the required information into a single source
  • The guidance will be applicable to all developments that emit ammonia and require either planning permission or an environmental permit
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In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

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Important links relating to the Coronavirus:

The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus:

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here:

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020:

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses):

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders:

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus:

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020:

Senedd Research Blog: