Yesterday’s blog suggested a different way of paying by results for success in agri-environment schemes – regional top-ups for participating farmers if the regional farmland bird index rises. It’s a tricky thing to administer, perhaps, but it is essentially a good idea (in my humble opinion).
This month’s copy of The Field – with an appropriate hare on the cover – includes this idea in an article by me which kicks off a series from ‘leading figures in the countryside’ (clearly they mean the next contributors) entitled ‘If I ruled the world...’.
Reading my article again, the ‘paying by results’ idea is one of the more moderate proposals I suggest! You’ll have to read The Field (it’s p33 if you want to have a quick look in the newsagents – don’t tell the editor I told you!) to find out my proposal for a new public holiday, a new national lottery, regulations on the wording of menus, which species we should try to reintroduce and which we should try to exterminate in the UK, and what the President of the NFU should do at harvest festival.
But if you do pick up The Field in the newsagents you might not want to put it down as there is an interesting article on hares, mention of Hurricane Fly’s chances in the up-and-coming Champion Hurdle, an interesting report of the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy which I tried to see a while ago (but found the queues too long) and an article (illustrated) on, can you believe it, beach volleyball.