Know How / BPS

We bring you the latest news on the delivery of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

See updates and advice on how to apply for the BPS, discover how to avoid some of the common problems which could hold up your claim and track payment progress as the year progresses.

Advice and tips

BPS

Business Clinic: What we know already about 2019 BPS rates

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Ashley Lilley, director of food and farming at Savills, advises on future…

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

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…

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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

BPS

RPA hits 90% BPS target, but thousands remain unpaid

The Rural Payments Agency has met its target of delivering 90% of support payments to farmers in England by 31 December – but thousands of farmers remain unpaid. The RPA…

BPS

Scottish farm payments schedule announced

Scottish farmers and crofters can expect their 2018 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to be paid from March, the government has confirmed. Under the plans (see table below), announced by…

BPS

Thousands of farmers to receive 2018 BPS payments in April

Farmers in England who have not been paid their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) cash may have to wait until April 2019 for a bridging payment, Defra has said. A…

BPS

Poll: Farmers in England, have you been paid your BPS?

Defra says it has paid more than two-thirds of farmers their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has an internal target of paying at least…

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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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