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The Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment, Food & Rur­al Affairs is the UK gov­ern­ment depart­ment respon­si­ble for safe­guard­ing our nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, sup­port­ing our world-lead­ing food and farm­ing indus­try, and sus­tain­ing a thriv­ing rur­al econ­o­my. Defra’s broad remit means they play a major role in peo­ple’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Defra’s pri­or­i­ty is a pro­duc­tive, com­pet­i­tive farm­ing sec­tor – one that sup­ports farm­ers to pro­vide more home grown, healthy pro­duce made to high envi­ron­men­tal and ani­mal wel­fare standards.

The new flag­ship Envi­ron­men­tal Land Man­age­ment (ELM) scheme is being co-designed work­ing with farm­ers and land-man­agers to replace schemes cur­rent­ly avail­able under the EU’s Com­mon Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy (CAP). The aim is to enable the cre­ation of a more dynam­ic, self-reliant agri­cul­ture indus­try, mak­ing sure that food pro­duc­tion today does not come at the expense of food pro­duc­tion tomorrow.

Under the ELM scheme, farm­ers will be paid for work that enhances the envi­ron­ment, such as tree or hedge plant­i­ng, riv­er man­age­ment to mit­i­gate flood­ing, or cre­at­ing or restor­ing habi­tats for wildlife. Farm­ers will there­fore be at the fore­front of revers­ing envi­ron­men­tal declines and tack­ling cli­mate change as they reshape the future of farm­ing in the 21st century.

Defra is pleased to con­tin­ue work­ing with LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing) and sup­port­ing the excel­lent work of LEAF Open Farm Sun­day in encour­ag­ing peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly from our cities and towns, to re-con­nect with food pro­duc­tion and the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment. Show­cas­ing the best of British farm­ing — one that is inno­v­a­tive and pro­duc­tive as well as improves the envi­ron­ment — helps the pub­lic have full trust and con­fi­dence in our food and the wel­fare of our ani­mals. Defra would like peo­ple of all ages to know where their food comes from and how they can work with farm­ers for the ben­e­fit of their local com­mu­ni­ty. Farm vis­its play an impor­tant part in help­ing peo­ple, espe­cial­ly chil­dren, to learn more about nature and food pro­duc­tion allow­ing schools to use the farm as an out­door classroom’.

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