This week, Defra announced its plans for piloting its new Sustainable Farming Incentive Scheme. They are looking for several hundred farmers to be involved in the pilot in advance of the scheme being rolled out more widely in 2022. Participants can choose from an initial set of eight standards to build their own agreements and more details including pilot scheme payment rates are in this link: Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot. The announcement also provides information about the other ELM schemes and timings for further announcements. Veronica has prepared a short summary of the SFI pilot - click the following link to read more SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE PILOT. Farmers can submit expressions of interest from 15th March.