The different target courts are assessed with varying scores depending on the political priorities of the Welsh Assembly Government. A farm that crosses paths with more layers, including high-priority layers, gets a higher score. This is then adjusted to take account of the size of the holding. Farms with the highest scores are then offered a visit to the Welsh Assembly Government by an Advanced Element contract manager. The contract manager will visit the farm to determine which set of rules and capital grants is best able to achieve the objectives set for that farm. This is the basis of a contractual offer to the land manager. A £62.9 million lifeline will be handed over to Welsh farmers under environmental land management contracts, after the government announced it would extend the Glastir agreements until 2021. The first Glastir Advanced agreements will start on 1 January 2013. All country managers who expressed interest in Glastir Advanced at SAF 2010 will be considered for the programme in the first year. A formal contractual offer is subject to the condition that the country already has a glastir entry agreement. During the first two years of the programme, the scoring process will be particularly focused on improving carbon storage and water management. However, this does not necessarily mean that farms outside these priority carbon and water areas will not be selected for TE, as a combination of other objectives could lead to equivalent or even higher outcomes for farms outside these areas.
In addition, the assessment is designed to evolve to reflect changing priorities, so that the carbon and water management layers perform best in the current selection window, and in the coming year the selection could be weighted, for example, in favour of biodiversity or historical environmental layers. This means that the score and probability of a deal being offered to a given farm may change in the coming years. “The extension of all Glastir Advanced, Commons and Bio agreements until 2021 will ensure the safety of farms and ensure the continued delivery of important environmental results,” she said. . . .