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RPA continues to leave farmers in the dark over payments

Over 3,000 farmers and growers are still in the dark over 2017 BPS payments, as the NFU continues its call for improved communications and efficiency from the RPA. Analysis by the NFU of new RPA figures revealed that more than 3,000 farmers are left waiting for their BPS payment, despite over 95% of farmers in […]

Farmer business grant available in Wales

Farmers in Wales have the chance to apply for capital grants under the new Farm Business Grant Scheme. The grant is designed to help farmers in Wales to improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings and will provide a 40 per cent contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have […]

Thousands of BPS 2017 applications received

More than 10,000 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have been submitted since the application window opened on 1 March, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced. The RPA is encouraging farmers to apply online now, to ensure that their application is submitted before the deadline. Applying online means that farmers and agents can quickly […]

Rural Payments Agency pays [93]% of Basic Payment Scheme claims in January

Rural Payments Agency pays [93]% of Basic Payment Scheme claims in January

More than 80,000 (93%) farmers in England have now received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. This means the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid 93% of eligible claims more than two months ahead of its end of March target. The payments are worth £1.48 billion and include a range of 2016 BPS claim […]

Rural Payments Agency pays 91% of 2016 Basic Payment Scheme claims in December

Over 78,000 (91%) of farmers in England received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money by the end of December. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “I know how important these payments are to farmers and I am pleased that the RPA has surpassed its target of making 90% of payments by the end of December. […]

CAAV welcomes Treasury’s commitment to farming

CAAV welcomes Treasury’s commitment to farming

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers has welcomed reassurance from the Treasury that funding will continue for new agri-environment agreements starting before Brexit. Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement on Tuesday, 3 October, ending months of uncertainty over the future of Countryside Stewardship payments. Having previously stated that the government would honour funds for projects […]

Time to reform Common Agricultural Policy – Lords EU Committee

Time to reform Common Agricultural Policy – Lords EU Committee

The House of Lords EU Committee has today published a report investigating what needs to be done to boost the resilience of the farming sector in the face of challenges such as volatile prices. It calls on the European Commission to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to primarily support the provision of public goods, […]

NFU and CLA urge Secretary of State to prioritise urgent action on BPS

NFU and CLA urge Secretary of State to prioritise urgent action on BPS

NFU and CLA have today written to the Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss MP to encourage her to urgently take a public and proactive role in leading the response to criticisms of the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme and the consequences for 2016. With financial hardship cases mounting, anxiety rising among BPS claimants, farmers expressing […]

Thousands of farmers and agents submit 2016 BPS applications early using online system

Over 2,000 applications for 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) have been completed and submitted so far, using the online Rural Payments service, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced today (30 March). The RPA is encouraging farmers and agents to apply online now, so that they submit their applications in good time, ahead of the May […]

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