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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is tightening the rules on active farmer status – which will require a subset of smaller farms in England to supply an accountant’s certificate proving their eligibility to claim under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The RPA has been asked by the European Commission to carry out additional active farmer eligibility checks on claimants who have less than 36ha of land, but received more than €5,000 in 2016, and have also been inspected in 2017. […]
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