Policy paper

Sustainable Farming Incentive: how the scheme will work in 2022

How the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme will work in 2022.

Applies to England



The policy paper about how the SFI scheme will work was withdrawn on 27 May 2022 and replaced with the scheme guidance. The payment principles in Annex A remains current.

This paper sets out how the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme will work in 2022, the first year of its rollout. It also explains how we intend to expand the scheme over the next 3 years.

The paper covers details of scheme policy including:

  • eligibility
  • applications
  • agreement length
  • payment frequency
  • arrangements for common land

It also cover details of the SFI offer in 2022:

  • soils standards and payment rates
  • draft moorland and rough grazing standard and payment rates
  • annual health and welfare review

This publication builds on the SFI policy set out in the Agricultural Transition Plan: June 2021 progress update.

Published 2 December 2021