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Defra launches ELM blog

We do our best to keep people up to date on the work of this Test & Trial but there are 68 around the country all feeding into the design of the new Environmental Land Management scheme.


For a direct route into Defra's thinking you can now go to their new farming blog:

This is us, working in the open - Defra Future Farming Blog


If you sign up, in the top right hand corner of the page, they'll email you the latest updates.

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