Farmers face challenges on two fronts in the coming months as changes in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy are introduced and the full demands of greening are revealed.
The message from leading agriculture consultants to delegates at this year’s Whiting & Partners annual farming-focused seminar was that the CAP reforms will have a broad impact and that farmers must allow time to prepare their greening figures.
Graham Redman, of The Anderson Centre, a leading farm business consultancy, warned that the greening negotiations are still not fully agreed and details are still being hammered out.
“Based on what we have, our models show that it’s not ‘a back-of-fag-packet’ exercise but requires a serious approach from farmers which will involve half a day just to finalise their details.”
On CAP reform, he urged farmers to think now about their crop rotations and to plan their autumn drilling because whatever goes in the ground this year will be subject to the changes when they are introduced next year.
There was a warning to the delegates that farms which are CAP-funding reliant are the most vulnerable because subsidies will fall.
James Cater, of Whiting & Partners Lynn office, said the seminar had again been very successful, attracting not just farmers and agriculture–based businesses but a wide cross-section of professionals from banking, management and support sectors.