By Jonathan Riley

Farmers and growers snubbed the Countryside Stewardship scheme because it was too complex and failed to reward their efforts, according to an NFU survey. The survey was commissioned to find out why just 2,314 farmers applied to the scheme when Natural England had predicted a figure closer to 5,000. Now the NFU is urging the government to review the scheme and to introduce changes to make it more accessible to the industry. NFU survey main findings High awareness (93%) of […]