BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2017 ENTITLEMENT VALUES UP APPROX 7%

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has just announced the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme entitlement values in advance of the BPS 2017 Payment window which starts on the 1st December. As a result of both the exchange rate (set as an average over September) and a slight increase in value of the the basic and greening… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by

BPS 2018: CHANGES TO ‘GREENING’ RULES IN ENGLAND

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  Here is an update to the Greening Rules for 2018 as the RPA have made some significant changes to the options available for Ecological Focus Areas. Ban on the Use of Plant Protection Products on Land Used as Ecological Focus Areas A ban on the application of PPP’s applies to land to be used… Read More

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by

Inspection Alert: Most common reasons for BPS penalties

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Cross compliance rules need to be followed all year round and with Inspectors able to arrive at farms unannounced farmers need to be prepared to ensure they are not risking their Basic Payment. When it comes to farm inspections one of the most important points is to never refuse access. Preventing an Inspector from carrying… Read More

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by

BPS UPDATE

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As you will be aware, we are fast approaching the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application window for 2016. In light of this and of the difficulties experienced by the RPA for the 2015 BPS application this is an update on the current BPS situation. 2015 BPS CLAIMS The RPA estimate that over 70% of claimants… Read More

Posted on February 17th, 2016 by

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RPA TO START TO MAKE BPS PAYMENTS FROM 1ST DECEMBER   We understand that he RPA has confirmed that at least 30,000 claimants (35%) should receive their BPS 2015 payment when the payment window opens on 1st December. Inevitably this is likely to be more straightforward BPS claims that have required the least amount of additional validation… Read More

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by

What do I need to do to comply with the Greening rules of the BPS in 2016?

Mike Cluley from Carver Knowles in Worcestershire helps us to understand. The Greening rules are a compulsory requirement of the Basic Payment Scheme. They contribute to approximately 30% of the value of their total BPS claim value. If a farmer does not comply with the rules they will lose some or all of their “greening”… Read More

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME (BPS) UPDATE

Following the announcement that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will now be done using paper forms rather than the Rural Payments System and that the deadline is now the 15th June, we now have a different timeline of actions that need to be taken. We have summarised the key issues and when they need to be… Read More

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 by

Environmental Grants Update

Whilst the main Countryside Stewardship Scheme will not begin until 1st January 2016, some more targeted grants are currently in the process of being released. Applications are now invited for the following: Woodland Capital Grants – Application Window: NOW until 30th June Applications are currently invited for: Woodland Creation Woodland Management Plans (in preparation for other… Read More

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by

Have we seen the last of the Soil Protection Review?

Most farmers are now familiar with the Soil Protection Review booklet that was part of the Cross Compliance requirements for the Single Payment Scheme. It was an important book – failure to give it to an RPA inspector within 30 minutes of an RPA inspection was likely to land you with a 3% fine of… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by

The need to Review your Contract Farming Agreements

It is tempting that once you have got a Contract Farming Agreement in place to forget about it especially if everyone seems happy. However with the volatility in commodity prices and the Greening requirements under the new Basic Payment Scheme now needing to be considered, what was considered suitable before may no longer be suitable… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by