Know How / Finance

The loss of the Basic Payment Scheme and the new system of payments which will reward environmental practices hold many questions for farmers over the future financial viablility of their businesses. We examine how you can implement sustainable farming practices, while protecting your income.

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Sustainable Farming Incentive applications open in England

Farmers and landowners in England are being urged to take part in the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), the first element of the government’s new Environmental Land Management (ELM) programme. The…

ARABLE

Advice for arable growers with stewardship ending this year

Take the opportunity to replace expiring Countryside Stewardship schemes with new, enhanced agreements while you still get paid to participate, farmers are being advised. Rather than just extending an existing…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Farmers will get ‘vast majority’ of BPS cash – Eustice

Defra secretary George Eustice has promised English farmers they will receive the “vast majority” of funds released from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) over the next three years, insisting the…

ARABLE

Bold agri-environment choice takes land out of production

Protecting and improving the environment is a priority for Robert Law, who has always made good use of agri-environment schemes across the 1,800ha of farmland that he oversees on the…

BUSINESS

Defra’s Lump Sum Exit Scheme opens for farmers in England

The application window for Defra’s Lump Sum Exit Scheme has opened for farmers in England who wish to exit the industry. The scheme will enable participants to receive some of…

BUSINESS

SFI fails to impress Farmer of the Year, but CS is a runner

Managing soils ranging from heavy clay to Breckland sand provides plenty of challenges, with the move away from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) demanding reviews of cropping and land use…

FARM POLICY

Farmers reveal ‘brutal’ treatment at hands of RPA

Farmers are calling for the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to carry out a root-and-branch review of how it manages agri-environment schemes amid concerns that hundreds have been unfairly penalised with…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Rolling application window for Sustainable Farming Incentive

Defra has announced further details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) for 2022, which includes plans for a rolling application window. The scheme, which is the first pillar under Environmental…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Lump sum and delinking raise tax and timing questions

The tax and timing considerations for the Lump Sum Exit scheme and Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) delinking announcements need careful consideration and more information is needed from Defra, say advisers.…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside Stewardship – key changes for 2023 agreements

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is now open for applications for agreements with a 1 January 2023 start date. Farmers Weekly highlights the key dates farmers need to know about,…

ARABLE

SFI Pilot: Two arable farmers share their experiences to date

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot is giving farmers an opportunity to help shape the future of farming in England, with participants being able to choose the standards and ambition…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

CS 2023 opens with changes to expand the scheme

The 2023 Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme is open and Defra has urged farmers in England to apply and use it as a bridge to the upcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM)…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Defra moves to year-round applications for landscape scheme

Defra has announced it is moving to a rolling programme of applications for the rest of its Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The first round of the scheme had been…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Doubts cast over RPA's ability to deliver support payments

Farm leaders fear a “perfect storm” is brewing at the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) over the delivery of new and existing farm support schemes in England. Underlying mapping and hedgerow…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Productivity: What it is and how to achieve it on your farm

Forward-thinking farmers must be more efficient and sustainable to meet the multitude of challenges heading their way – including increased competition in a global market. An increase in productivity is…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Who will benefit from Countryside Stewardship rate rise?

Payment rate increases for Countryside Stewardship (CS) may make the scheme a more attractive and viable option for farmers in England looking to offset basic payments cuts, say land agents.…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Landscape and Local Nature Recovery: What farms need to know

Defra secretary George Eustice is set to unveil plans at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for two new Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes which will pay farmers in England to…

ARABLE

How growers can qualify for new SFI soil payment scheme

Most arable growers should be able to qualify for a £40/ha payment from the first tier of a new environmental scheme by looking after their soils and so helping to…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How growers can plan with support worth only one-third of BPS

Arable growers looking at new “public money for public good” environmental schemes are likely to earn only one-third of their current area-based subsidies, which are being phased out. This funding…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022: What farmers need to know

Soil health and regenerative farming techniques will be the key focus of the government’s new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme, which opens for applications from farmers in England next year.…