SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE 2022
Yesterday, Defra published more information about the Sustainable Farming Incentive for 2022. This will include 3 standards for arable soils, improved grassland soils and moorland & rough grazing. There will also be funding for an annual health and welfare review. There are 2 levels for the improved grassland soils standard. The introductory level is at £28/ha and requires you to:
- test soil organic matter
- undertake a soil assessment and produce a soil management plan
- maintain 95% green cover (no more than 5% bare ground over winter)
The intermediate level will pay £58/ha and includes all these introductory level actions, plus establishing or maintaining herbal leys on at least 15% of land in the standard.
This is a starting point and more standards and levels will be added from 2022-2025. Click HERE for the full announcement.