We Asked, You Said, We Did

We asked

The consultation set out proposals for reforming the schemes’ standards for each of the farming sectors we cover. The proposals sought to engage as many people as possible across the Red Tractor supply chain to streamline and rationalise standards which are common across multiple sectors, comply with legislation, meet changes in demand, and provide clarity for both farmers and their assessors. 

You said

There was some disparity between respondents where they felt some of the proposals we were suggesting went too far, not far enough or shouldn’t be streamlined across multiple sectors. Some views expressed the need for Red Tractor to provide some flexibility within the schemes, which could deliver even greater market access for our members, with minimal impact on the audit burden. 

We did

We reviewed the more than 3,000 pieces of qualitative and quantitative feedback that was received. Responses were fed into the technical advisory committees and sectors boards for consensus, before being agreed by the main Red Tractor board. 

In some cases, this differentiated our approach, in others it led to some proposals being dropped. 


The revised farm standards will take effect from 1 November. The new manuals, guidance, checklists and other helpful tools will be available on our website from August, to allow as much time as possible for members to get ready and understand the changes