National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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07 June 2022

Young Farmers wanting to know more about Defra policy scheme developments and future business planning can access a new resource created in conjunction with Savills.

NFYFC teamed up with Savills to record an interactive discussion session, which is now available online, to act as a useful reminder for young farmers to understand what’s happening and when. Inevitable change is proceeding at pace, including the reduction of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), and introduction of new grants and schemes with a range of options, names and acronyms.

Savills’ food and farming consultant Georgina Sweeting and rural associate director Hannah Turner highlighted the current issues of balancing food production with environmental land use and making the most of new and emerging opportunities.

Explaining the drivers for change as well as the macro and competing pressures on land including food production, housing, climate change, carbon emissions and outdoor leisure space, Hannah explained options for using land effectively to support current government objectives.

“There is becoming an increasing marketplace for capitalising on natural resources. They’re becoming more transactable. Where you have a land parcel you might be able to seek extra revenue and generate extra revenue that could potentially fill some voids where you have negated those subsidy resources through the phase out of BPS,” explained Hannah.

The recording of the presentation by Savills is available below. The presentation completes the last component of the 2021-22 Defra-supported projects, which was to include a professional business advisory service summary of emerging Defra schemes as well as farming and land management opportunities. 

The Savills presentation included information about the impacts of reaching net zero. With the urgency, ambition and awareness of reaching net zero, retailers and consumers will be adding pressure on suppliers to show their green credentials, affecting both food production practices and future land use opportunities. Construction and energy company offers for land is already widespread, but caution (and professional advice) is advised for any consideration of change of land use or business arrangements that might have far-reaching impacts on succession or business status.

Despite the many carbon calculator tools and current lack of clarity for final scheme payments, the generic industry advice is to start or continue soil sampling, recording and benchmarking. Taking account of what happens on your land will ultimately help with future business decision making.

The discussion also highlighted that the roadmap to net zero will be a finely tuned balancing act which should not mean taking land away from food production but analysing marginal land, collaborating with neighbouring land owners and taking professional advice before making any long-term decisions.

If you have questions to ask Hannah or Georgina at Savills after watching the recording, please contact Sarah Palmer.


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