DEFRA has announced that the Sustainable Farming Incentive is relaunching in August 2023. A new SFI handbook has also been released with guidance for the SFI offer in 2023.
The 2023 scheme will be very different to the one launched in 2022, with a wider variety of “actions” available that farmers can be paid to undertake. Rather than being grouped together into “standards”, as they were in 2022, actions can be selected individually in a “pick & mix” approach. There are no minimum or maximum areas that can be entered into the scheme. In theory, these changes should make SFI more flexible and will allow farmers to choose the actions that will work best for their business.
There are now 23 actions available covering:
- Soil health
- Nutrient management
- Integrated pest management
- Moorland assessment
- Low input grassland
- Actions for farm wildlife on arable & improved grassland
- Buffer strips
Click here to find out more on the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023.