Leaving the European Union will present significant challenges to the farming industry, and
creative change is required for a new agricultural policy after the transition period. Many farms
rely on public support and there is a need to review possible solutions that will replace and
improve on the Common Agricultural Policy, for both the industry and wider society. In
particular, could the resources currently spent on CAP basic and coupled payments be
redirected to pay for the delivery of public environmental goods? This study aims to contribute
to preparing the evidence for post-Brexit agricultural and environmental support in this context.
The results are intended to provide a basis for discussion and an illustration of how various
proposals for supporting agriculture and the environment after exiting the EU could be applied.
The objectives of this study are to:
illustrate how the concept of public money for public goods could be realised across a range of farm types in Scotland;
using case studies, make a comparison of current agricultural support with alternative proposals for rewarding farmers for the delivery of environmental public goods;
assess the impact on farm income of the various proposals compared with current pillar 1 and pillar 2 payments on the selected farms; and
discuss the feasibility
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|Research Report No. 1201
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- public goods
- environmental maintenance
- conservations agriculture
- organic farming
- habitat conservation
- nature restoration