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Targets in areas such as air and water quality and soil health will act as an incentive to those who are currently failing to deliver public goods alongside food production, the NFFN argues.
NFFN chairman Martin Lines said: "It is the Secretary of State's duty to establish an independent regulator before it's too late.
David Sandford, the NFFN's Northern Ireland chairman, added that as, custodians of more than 70% of the countryside, farmers were uniquely placed to produce food while restoring habitats to help wildlife.
Tony Davies, Welsh chair of the NFFN, said: "Over 75% of the UK's land is farmland.
The NFFN, which is funded by bodies such as the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, National Trust and Friends of the Earth, accepts that farms must remain financially viable if producers are to change.
Additional incentives may be needed to replace "swingeing" cuts in support income, said Michael Clarke, Scotland's NFFN chair.
Mr Davies, who was made Wales chair of NFFN in June, said he joined the organisation to bring farmers and environmentalists closer together.
As chairman of the FUW's Meirionnydd branch, and of the union's Young Farmers committee, he felt he had a responsibility to the membership that made his NFFN role untenable.
Thousands of British farmers already use nature-friendly farming practices, but the NFFN says the scale of the decline in wildlife and soil quality and the challenges presented by climate change mean this work needs to be scaled up rapidly with strong policy support.
The NFFN aims to provide a political voice for the thousands of farmers committed to managing their land for wildlife and public service, as well as growing and providing food.
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The NFFN believes Britain must change its approach to agriculture.
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