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Icon June 3, 2011 - 18:54

BBC Radio 4's farming Today

The hidden value of land stacks up to billions of pounds according to a new Government-commissioned report. Farming Today discusses the UK National Eco-System Assessment which, if it becomes policy, could mean more farmers being paid not to farm. The report places value on benefits such as wildlife management, recreation, providing clean water and food production. It argues farmers should be paid to manage the land to whatever the most valuable use might be. Professor Ian Bateman, one of the report's authors, tells Caz Graham how farming might change as a result, and the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association and the Wildlife Trust give their reaction. Presented by Caz Graham. Produced by Angela Frain. Listen again on BBC iPlayer: