Agriculture policy 2012 – a year of standing still

Woodland Matters

What a year 2012 was in agriculture policy – dynamic, innovative, outcome focused… 

Sorry, I have frequently been told that sarcasm is not a flattering attribute but it is either that or rolling on the floor, screaming in frustration! 

Arable field next to woodlandIn previous years I have written about the launch of the discussion documents and then the launch of the proposals, but yet another year has passed and nothing appears to have changed. We are still discussing the same things we were this time last year – what should count towards a “greening” payment, should there be a top limit to the amount of money an individual farm business can receive, how to make sure the money goes to farmers rather than absentee landowners?   

CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform now works on a seven year time schedule. The proposals being discussed will govern farming policy for the years 2014 to the end…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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