Sustainable Farming Incentive


Interested in applying for an SFI agreement?

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is one of three new environmental schemes introduced under the Agricultural Transition Plan. The scheme aims to help farmers manage land in a way that improves food production and is more environmentally sustainable. You can apply for an SFI agreement if you are a farmer who is eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), with land in England. You can also apply alongside other existing agreements such as Countryside Stewardship (CS).

SFI standards agreements

Agreements will be for 3 years, and applicants must have management control of the land for the full length of the agreement.

There are currently 3 standards available, with different levels and payments. In the future, more standards will be introduced, which you’ll be able to add to your agreement, as well as increase levels and add land.

Read guidance about how SFI standards work.


You’ll be paid on a quarterly basis, with the first payment usually made mid-way through the 4th month after your agreement starts.

Read more about getting paid for an SFI standards agreement.

Sustainable Farming Incentive Management Payment

To make the SFI more financially attractive, from January 2023, the scheme includes a new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) Management Payment of £20 per hectare, for up to 50 hectares of land entered in the scheme. This means farmers will receive up to £1,000 per year in addition to their agreement to cover the administrative costs of participation.

This payment will be applied from January 2023 onwards to farmers who joined the SFI scheme in 2022.

Annual health and welfare review
The annual health and welfare review will provide funding to eligible livestock farmers. This funding will cover the cost of an annual review of your livestock by a vet chosen by you. This is part of the current SFI offer and sits alongside the environmental standards. You do not need to have an SFI standards agreement to be eligible to apply for the annual health and welfare review funding.

Applications will remain open, so you can apply at a time that works best for you. If it’s necessary to close applications, this date will be publicised, including on GOV.UK, giving you 6 weeks’ notice.

We can complete new applications as well as declarations for existing SFI pilot and SFI standards agreements. Our fees for completing an application cover completing the soil management plan required for the improved grassland soils and arable horticultural soils standards.

If you would like help to apply for the SFI scheme, please contact us 01981 590514.

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