At the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference the Secretary of State set out four areas where he wants to drive change for farming:
1. Developing a coherent policy on food, integrating the needs of agriculture businesses, other enterprises, consumers, public health and the environment.
2. Giving farmers and land managers time and the tools to adapt to the future, so as to avoid a precipitate cliff edge but also prepare properly for the changes which are coming.
3. Develop a new method of providing financial support for farmers which moves away from ‘subsidies for inefficiency’ to public money for public goods.
4. Ensure that natural capital thinking is built into the government’s approach towards land use and management, so as develop a truly sustainable future for our countryside.
A government consultation is expected.