Don’t miss energy aid payments

Arable farmers have been urged not to miss out on Energy Aid payments available on crops grown for the production of heat, electricity or transport fuels.

According to United Oilseeds, there is likely to be plenty of aid available this year. In 2008, only 1.5m of the 2m hectares available in the EU was allocated.

Of the maximum €45/ha entitlement, qualifying growers in England and Wales will receive about €36, after modulation and prior to additional first processor fees, while those in Scotland will get €41.17.

Applications must be claimed by growers along with their single farm payment submission by 15 May 2009.

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