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    Supporting New Entrants

    The current population of UK farmers is an ageing one, and as a consequence we are facing a major renewal crisis in farming and food production.

    New Entrants – who are eager to replace retiring farmers and rejuvenate the sector – currently face multiple barriers to entry, including the ever-increasing price of farmland, a near absence of starter farm opportunities, a lack of suitable training and funding, and the discouraging ongoing sell-off of county farms. Not only do we face a crisis of renewal, but also a crisis of diversity and accessibility, with the farming sector statistically the least diverse employment sector in the UK.

    There is therefore an urgent need for the UK government and devolved administrations to acknowledge these issues, and to implement policy which supports young and diverse New Entrants into farming. We have therefore developed a number of targeted policies which support New Entrants which include increased funding and support for on-farm agroecological training and apprenticeships, a capital grant scheme to overcome some of the barriers to entry, and a land access scheme to both support organisations providing farm incubation opportunities and to put a stop to the sell-off of council owned farm estates. We are also working with several other organisations to guide and inform Defra’s New Entrants Support Scheme, to be launched in 2022. 


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    In March, Defra released a consultation on the two new proposed schemes that are intended to replace the current Direct Payment scheme - we want to make sure they link...
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    Planning (2019 – ongoing)
    The current planning system is not sufficiently attuned to the needs of new entrants and agroecological farm businesses



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    Supporting the Next Generation of Farmers (2019)
    Schemes to assist the establishment of New Entrants.
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    New Entrants Start Up Costs (2021)
    This document draws together estimated start up costs for a few common enterprises typically established by new entrants to agroecological farming and forestry.
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    New Entrant Survey (2020)
    In April - June 2020, the Landworkers' Alliance ran a survey to better understand the needs, demographics and barriers facing new entrants to agriculture
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    New Entrants in Agriculture (2017)
    A Position Paper Outlining 3 Key Ways Policy Can Support New Entrants
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    A New Deal For Horticulture 2 (2018)
    Proposals For A Horticultural Renewal Program With Case Studies


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