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Older UK farmers to get $140,000 for retiring


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The UK wants to change its farming industry. It will pay older farmers to retire. It wants more young farmers. Some older farmers could get $140,000 if they retire. The government wants to protect the environment. Older farmers use traditional methods to farm their land. These are not so environmentally friendly. The UK thinks younger farmers will use greener methods. It said older farmers were "standing in the way of change".

The average age of a UK farmer is 59. Around 40 per cent are over 65. The UK wants to help new farmers to reach their dream of farming land and help older farmers to retire. The plan is popular with older farmers. One farmers' group said 75 per cent of its farmers liked the plan. Another group said it wants to see a fair way for older farmers to retire. It wants older farmers to have enough time and information to make big life-changing decisions.

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