cumbria info. A RECENT HISTORY OF HILL FARMING
The scheme which helped to define hill farming as a sector was the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance system which came into existence in 1976. Each European member state was allowed to develop a system which suited national circumstances with 25% of the funds coming from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund. The HLCA provided compensation for the additional costs of production in the hills. It also had social objectives of keeping people in the countryside and thereby supporting the social fabric.