Using case studies, this study makes a comparison of current agricultural support with alternative proposals for rewarding farmers for the delivery of environmental public goods. Options for the delivery of these public goods ranged from environmental maintenance to agroecological systems and nature restoration. The financial assessment showed both positive and negative financial outcomes for different options, with results varying sometimes substantially by farm type. Depending on the options selected and the allocation formula used for the options on different farm types, individual farms may be able to retain all or a significant proportion of their current CAP support income. There is a contrast in the optimal solutions for each farm type to maintain farm income.
Publication 2021 - NatureScot Research Report 1201 - Preparing for Post-Brexit agriculture in Scotland - case studies on alternative payments