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Last chance to submit RLE1 paperwork to avoid payment delays

Farmers in England using hedges to meet their greening requirements or as part of a Countryside Stewardship claim risk payment delays if they fail to submit any outstanding RLE1 forms…

BUSINESS

Key cross-compliance and greening dates by region

The list of cross-compliance and greening rules farmers need to follow is long and life is made even more complicated by the fact each of the devolved regions has slightly…

BUSINESS

Essential tips for BPS 2018 claims

With just over three weeks until the 15 May deadline for BPS 2018 claims, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives some essential tips on…

BUSINESS

Advice on hedges for BPS and Countryside Stewardship 2018

The new mapped hedges information isn’t always correct. Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers advises on dealing with hedges for the Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside…

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Archive

BPS

BPS 2016: Last-minute application tips

There is only one week to go until the BPS 2016 deadline on 16 May and many farmers still have questions about the application process. We asked Alice De Soer…

BUSINESS

BPS 2016: Essential advice for English claimants

With just over three weeks until the BPS 2016 deadline, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives tips about how to deal with some of…

How to complete an online claim for BPS 2016 in England

The RPA has confirmed that BPS 2016 online claims can be completed using the Rural Payments service from Saturday (19 March). Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural…

Get to grips with active farmer rules for BPS 2016

Anyone who wants to claim BPS in 2016 or transfer in entitlements must be an active farmer. This means they must meet the rules on this set out in the…

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Case studies

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Collaborate to cope with lower support

In the second of our series on coping with lower subsidies, David Jones talks to one arable farmer, who is also chairman of his local grain co-operative, about his long-term plans…

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Rely on contractors and diversify crops

In the first of a series of articles on how to cope with an expected lower level of subsidy, we talk to a Cambridgeshire grower who is preparing for life…

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Insights

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Improved efficiency will be essential

In the final installment of our four-part series looking at coping with lower levels of farm subsidies, David Jones talks to consultants Bidwells. Arable growers will need to step up…

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Time needed to adapt to EU exit

Minette Batters wants a transition period of five to 10 years to hammer out a new domestic farm policy and avoid Britain falling off a “cliff edge” when it leaves the…

5 things Prince Charles wrote to the PM

Prince Charles spoke out on a number of agricultural issues in a series of extraordinary “secret letters”, revealed under the Freedom of Information Act. In particular, the prince asked former…

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News

COMPLIANCE

English farms warned over earlier EFA catch crop deadline

Farmers in England will need to establish catch crops earlier than in previous years if they are being used to meet ecological focus area (EFA) requirements. Some key dates connected…

BPS

Farmer hit with £8,000 greening penalty for RPA error

A Gloucestershire farmer has spent a total of 13 hours on the telephone to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) trying to understand why his basic payment has been unfairly penalised.…

BUSINESS

Last chance to submit RLE1 paperwork to avoid payment delays

Farmers in England using hedges to meet their greening requirements or as part of a Countryside Stewardship claim risk payment delays if they fail to submit any outstanding RLE1 forms…

BUSINESS

RPA 'prioritising efforts' to pay farm support

The Rural Payments Agency says it is prioritising efforts to settle all remaining basic payment scheme claims as soon as possible after claiming it has beaten the EU payment target.…

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Opinion

BPS

Opinion: What farmers need from Brexit

While breakfasting at my local agricultural show, I find myself sat next to a well-respected land agent (if that is not a contradiction in terms).   As we munched our way through…

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Video

ARABLE

Video: Farmers have their say on future of subsidies

A large majority of farmers have been reacting positively to future subsidy decline, with over three-quarters saying they have a plan for their business to cope with less support after…

BPS

Record numbers apply online for BPS 2016

A record number of English farmers and landowners submitted their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications online, the Rural Payments Agency has said. More than 85,500 of an estimated 87,500…

BPS

RPA guidance on filling out your 2016 BPS application

With the application window for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme now open, the RPA has reported a reasonable uptake of its online service. Figures to 30 March show that more than 2,000 applications have been…

RPA releases video guide on BPS 2016

The Rural Payments Agency has produced a short video explaining how farmers and landowners can get their applications under way for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme. The agency announced on…

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