Following the the landmark Agriculture Bill receiving Royal Assent last month, Government has published 'The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan', outlining a new system that is tailored in the interests of farmers, helping them to deliver for the environment, animal welfare and climate change whilst also running more profitable, productive and sustainable businesses.

However, in speaking to local farmers across Copeland, it is clear that many questions will need to be answered to help farmers prepare for the transition and it is vital that they have the time and support to adapt. Changes of this significance can be intimidating, and it is natural that many farmers are worried about the phasing out of Direct Payments.

That is why I have formed a network group on a local level to discuss how we can assist in directing support and information to every farm and land manager and feedback to Government the voices of the sector in our area.

For further information on the agriculture transition period, or to join the group, which will meet monthly, please contact or call 01229 718 333.