Staying abreast of developments that may impact tenant farmers

30 December 2022

An image of Chris Cardell at a conference

In his New Year message, NFU Tenants Forum chair Chris Cardell explains the areas of focus for 2023. 

Here we are looking forward to another year in the tenanted and land tenure sector but in reality not much appears to have changed and our areas of focus remain the same.

As always, the forum continues to look at all new schemes, grants, and changes in legislation and assess how these developments may hinder or help those in the tenanted sector.

Need for clarity

Some of these developments are definitely now moving in the right direction, for example the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), but I think we all hoped that by now many more schemes would be in a much stronger stage of development with much more clarity on the detail of accessibility.

The forum will continue its work in assisting in the development of a framework that helps both existing and future tenants to play their part in a profitable sector.

“The forum continues to look at all new schemes, grants and changes in legislation and assess how these developments may hinder or help those in the tenanted sector.”

NFU Tenants Forum chair Chris Cardell

Rock review

The recent Baroness Rock Working Group looked at the tenanted sector in extensive detail and put together a substantial list of recommendations for consideration by the Secretary of State.

The forum will be working with all of those involved to encourage government to bring improvements in key areas.

With our fellow stakeholders on TRIG (Tenancy Reform Industry Group) we have assisted Defra to produce advisory information on how landlords and tenants can work together on woodland creation and tree planting and we hope further work like this can be undertaken by TRIG in the future.

Your President's New Year message

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