Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) – Rates Announced (England only)

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) 2022 is to be open for applications from the Summer, with no fixed application period, and the initial rates for the first 3 available standards have been announced:

Standard Level Annual Payment
Arable and Horticultural Soils Introductory £22/ha
  Intermediate £40/ha
Improved Grassland Soils Introductory £28/ha
  Intermediate £58/ha
Moorland Introductory £10.30/ha


  Commons Only Additional £6.15/ha


Management control for a minimum of three years will be required.

Arable and Horticultural Soils

  • For both levels, farmers will need to test for soil organic matter, develop a soil plan and ensure winter cover is in place for at least 70% of the land in the standard.
  • At the intermediate level, a sown green cover crop must be in place for winter months on 20% of the area entered into that standard.
  • Both levels will need organic matter applied each year to one-third of the area of land entered into the standard.


Improved Grassland Soils

  • For both levels, farmers will need to test the land they enter for its soil organic matter. They will also need to develop a soil management plan.
  • For both levels, there must be at least 95% green cover of the land in the standard over the winter.
  • The intermediate level requires that herbal leys are established and maintained on 15% of the area entered into that standard.


Please contact Ellie Watkins for further information about the SFI and how it could relate to your land – 01432 656545 or