On 11 November 2020, the Agriculture Act 2020 (AA 2020) received royal assent.
The Agriculture Bill 2019-21 was published on 16 January 2020. The Government introduced an Agriculture Bill 2017-19 in the last Parliament which fell at dissolution in October 2019. The Lords agreed to the final Commons amendments on 9 November 2020. The final version of the AA 2020 includes a number of new measures including, a requirement for Ministers to consider the need to encourage the production of food in England, in an environmentally sustainable way; set out multi-annual plans about how they will use their financial assistance powers, and a requirement to report on food security at least once every five years.
The AA 2020 also provides for:
Further details on plans to support our farmers and land managers over the agricultural transition period are due to be published later this month. Practical Law Agriculture and Rural Land will be updating our resources to cover AA 2020 over the next few weeks.