A large number of Environmental Stewardship agreements are nearing full term and growers will need to understand the replacement Countryside Stewardship Scheme. We should not allow this change in schemes to result in a loss of previous gains. The new scheme offers a wider range of options than previous schemes, for example it includes management of diffuse pollution of water that was previously addressed under Catchment Sensitive Farming.
The National Pollinator Strategy for bees and other pollinators is very important and has direct implications for the use of crop protection products and land management. The moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides has increased the risk of growing oilseed rape, but currently less obvious is the risk of any new regulations on future options for control of insect pests.