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FUW reiterates desperate need for farm payment release

The FUW has reiterated its concerns for the agricultural industry regarding the delay in issuing Basic Payment Scheme and agri-environmental payments to farmers in a letter to Deputy Minister for Food and Farming Rebecca Evans – warning that many in the industry are now facing extreme financial difficulty. FUW President Glyn Roberts, said: “Over the […]

BPS 2015 payments continue to flow to farmers in England

66,800 farmers in England (77%) had been paid their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment by the end of January. The announcement from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) means that over £1 billion of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion has now been paid out for 2015. The RPA has also confirmed timings indicating […]

Further BPS 2015 payments are made to farmers in England

The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that the total number of farmers in England who have now received their BPS 2015 payments stands at 61,172 – over 70% of those eligible. This means over £845 million, of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion, has now been paid out for the 2015 Scheme. The RPA’s […]

RPA on track to meet BPS payment targets

Nearly half of all farmers claiming Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments this year have received their money ahead of Christmas, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced. More than 42,000 farmers out of a total 87,095 claimants have received fully validated BPS payments, representing over 48 per cent of all eligible claims. It means the […]

NFU survey shows few BPS payments received by farmers

The latest results from a NFU survey into BPS delivery back up increasing concerns that payments have stalled and dispute RPA figures on payments issued. After an encouraging start with just over 36,000 payments made in the first eight days of the payment window, NFU survey results show less than 25 per cent of farmers […]

RPA remains on track to pay BPS 2015 claims from December

RPA remains on track to pay BPS 2015 claims from December

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed it is on track to start making full Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments in December and more than half of the claimants in England are set to receive their payment before the end of that month. The Financial Discipline Mechanism (FDM) deduction rate has been confirmed at 1.393041% […]

2015 Basic Payment Scheme entitlement values and National Reserve confirmed

2015 Basic Payment Scheme entitlement values and National Reserve confirmed

Entitlement values, including those for greening, that will now be used to calculate farmers’ 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments have been confirmed by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). Entitlement values Under the BPS scheme, farmers need to hold an entitlement for every hectare of eligible land they are claiming on. The size of farmers’ […]

RPA reports good progress towards BPS payments for farmers

RPA reports good progress towards BPS payments for farmers

With less than a month to go before Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments to farmers in England are due to start, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA ) is reporting that good progress is being made. A series of transfers and checks need to be made before payments can be made. The RPA has confirmed that it […]

NFU statement on Defra’s dual use policy for this year

The NFU has said that farmers and growers will be left frustrated after Defra announced it was not allowing dual use for mid-tier environmental stewardship scheme applicants this year. NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “The NFU has lobbied for the continuation of dual use throughout the development of Countryside Stewardship to allow business flexibility. […]

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