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


Coronavirus: Applying for farm support schemes

With farm support scheme application and claim windows currently open, the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are inevitably having an impact on farmers filing their applications. Alice De Soer at the Central…


Tips and reminders for English BPS 2019 applications

With fewer than two weeks until the 15 May deadline for BPS 2019 claims, Alice De Soer at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives essential tips about applying…


Basic Payment Scheme – tips for applying in 2019

With the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application window open across the UK by the end of this week, Alice De Soer at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) offers…


When, how and why farming charities Rabi and FCN can help

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) and the Farming Community Network (FCN) have seen an increase in calls from farmers and farming families in need, including cases of depression, diseased…

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Case studies


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…


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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Arable profits set to dip with harvest 2020

The typical combinable crop farm faces a £27/ha loss before BPS from the 2020 harvest, predicts consultant Andersons. The latest budget for its part-owned, part-rented 600ha Loam Farm model shows…


Environmental Land Management scheme – what we know so far

Farmers in England will see Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) funding phased out and new agri-environment funding rolled in over a seven-year transition period under proposals outlined in the Agriculture Bill.…


De-linked BPS payments: Everything we know so far

Farmers in England looking to unlock cash for major investments or retirement are likely to benefit from proposals in the forthcoming Agriculture Bill, which is currently making its way through…


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…

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CAP reform ring-fences 20% for environmental measures

EU agriculture ministers have agreed to ringfence 20% of direct farm support payments for green measures under CAP reform proposals.   Member states voted through the proposal on a qualified…


Northern Ireland’s BPS payments get 4.3% boost

The value of Northern Ireland’s Basic Payment Scheme entitlements will rise by 4.3% this year to ensure that the whole of its £293m budget allocation for direct payments is spent.…


2020 BPS conversion rate reminder

Defra has reminded farmers that the conversion of 2020 Basic Payments will be based on the same exchange rate as in 2019 and that all payments will be made in…


RPA issues fraud warning and new guidance on emails

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has published new guidance for farmers about sending in documents by email, and updated its advice to prevent claimants becoming victims of fraud. If farmers…

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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: 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…


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…


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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