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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, […]

EU Commission to revisit CAP greening rules

EU Commission to revisit CAP greening rules

The NFU has welcomed efforts by the EU Commission to gather experiences on implementing the new CAP greening rules. The new rules came into force for the first time last year and Commissioner Hogan has pledged to simplify the rules where he can. In order to inform the simplification efforts, the Commission has launched an […]

NFU welcomes progress but calls for transparent timeline on CAP payments

The Rural Payments Agency appears to be making good progress in processing claims but must be more transparent with its timeline for delivering BPS and agri-environment schemes as thousands of English farmers plan their cash-flow arrangements for the coming months. Earlier this year the RPA said that farm payments would begin in December with the […]

Managing disallowance risk and DEFRA, RPA accounts

Managing disallowance risk and DEFRA, RPA accounts

Since 2005, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has incurred a total of £642 million in financial penalties relating to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in England, according to a report Managing disallowance risk published today by the National Audit Office. These penalties are imposed by the European Commission when it believes member […]

FUW opts for 54 hectare top-up payment option

FUW opts for 54 hectare top-up payment option

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has backed the gradual introduction of ‘top-up’ payments on the first 54 hectares in its response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on Wales’ Basic Payment Scheme. The option, referred to in the EU regulations as ‘redistributive payments’, would mean moving from the current historically based model towards estimated payments of […]

Environment Secretary hails UK success in securing steps to make CAP simpler for farmers

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has welcomed a series of changes announced by the European Commission to make it easier for UK farmers to meet Common Agricultural Policy rules, but warned there is still more to do reduce the burdens of the current scheme. From next year farmers will now have more choice of hedgerows on […]

More than half of BPS 2015 claims submitted as deadline approaches

Over 50 percent (44,800) of completed Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have now been received by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – but with two weeks remaining farmers are urged to submit their BPS 2015 applications as soon as possible. Ahead of the 15 June deadline for BPS claims, farmers still have time to post […]

European Commission to hear from Scottish farmers on reducing CAP burden

European Commission to hear from Scottish farmers on reducing CAP burden

Dr Ian Duncan MEP has today secured a meeting with technical experts from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’s team to address concerns of Scottish farmers about the new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). During a meeting of the European Conservative & Reformist’s Working Group on the Rural Economy, which Dr Duncan chairs, Mr Hogan conceded that there […]

Montgomeryshire Farmers question top level politicians

Montgomeryshire Farmers question top level politicians

Farming representatives from the Farmers’ Union of Wales Montgomeryshire branch met with top level politicians when they visited Welshpool Livestock Sales on Monday February 16. Members questioned William Hague MP, who recently bought Cyfronydd Hall and was paying a visit to the area, Glyn Davies MP and Russell George AM on a variety of topics […]

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