British farmers will no longer have to display billboards saying that they receive European Union funding or be dictated to over crops, Andrea Leadsom will announce in a speech today.
Speaking at the Oxford farming conference, the Environment Secretary will unveil a range of measures to save farmers £5bn a year by cutting red tape once Britain leaves the EU. Following Britain’s departure from the EU in 2019 the Government will scrap rules which require farmers and rural businesses to pay for and display billboards or posters which publicize the EU contribution for grants to grow their businesses.
These signs measure as much as 6ft x 4ft and must be displayed permanently to avoid a penalty of thousands of pounds. The Government will also ditch the “three crop rule” which sets out how many different crops farms must plant each year.
Defra claims this will mean 40,000 farmers become free to grow the foods people want, potentially adding millions of pounds to the economy. Defra will also aim to reduce the number of government inspections on farms by replacing them by better use of aerial photography to reduce the number by 20,000 by 2020.