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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 […]

Loan from Finance Wales helps Bridgend tractor and agricultural machinery specialist to continue expanding

Loan from Finance Wales helps Bridgend tractor and agricultural machinery specialist to continue expanding

A £160,000 loan from Finance Wales has helped the new owner of JG Plant, the Bridgend-based New Holland tractor and agricultural machinery specialist to expand the business. Gareth Rees bought the family business in 2013 when its former owner retired, safeguarding 15 jobs and has since strengthened the company’s position in its existing markets and […]

Farmers urged to register for BPS with just 100 days left

Farmers urged to register for BPS with just 100 days left

Although more than 22,500 farm business have registered, the NFU says it is vital that with only 100 days left that more people take time out to familiarise themselves with the new system, register and start the process of making their first BPS claim. Senior BPS adviser Richard Wordsworth said: “Working with the RPA, the […]

New 2015 cross compliance guidance available online now

New 2015 cross compliance guidance available online now

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is advising all farmers and food producers who want to claim the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), or have a Rural Development Programme land-based agreement, to read the latest cross compliance guidance for 2015 which is published on GOV.UK today. RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: Our recent Common Agricultural […]

The farming business quality gap can only widen

  Pricing volatility is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the gap between the well-run and poorly operated farming businesses is going to widen as a result, HSBC’s Head of Agriculture Allan Wilkinson has warned. Launching Forward Planning 2015, HSBC’s agricultural budgeting publication that is now in its 41st year, Wilkinson said that […]

RPA opens bids for ‘Enjoy, It’s from Europe’ cash

  The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced a new opportunity for trade organisations to apply for funding towards promotion and information programmes for EU agricultural products. Producers of a wide range of products, including fruit and vegetables, meat and eggs, can apply for up to half the cost of marketing their goods abroad in […]

Young farmers get business ready with NatWest

Young farmers get business ready with NatWest

Agriculture experts at NatWest have teamed up with the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs to deliver business specific training to budding farmers and entrepreneurs. The training, which will be delivered across the UK, will cover basic skills in business management from making a business plan, cash management and tenancy training. Ian Burrow, head of […]

Defra farm income figures underline the volatility challenges across farming sectors

  New farm business income statistics only serve to underline the volatility challenges across farming sectors, the NFU said today. Today’s data from Defra, which focus on income from March 2013 to February 2014, show some significant swings in farm profitability across different sectors. However, the NFU says this snapshot does not reflect the current market […]

CAP Reform: Dual use will continue to be allowed in 2015

CAP Reform: Dual use will continue to be allowed in 2015

Farmers and landowners in England with Environmental Stewardship agreements will be able to maintain their existing dual use arrangements in 2015. The Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) External Relations Director Arik Dondi, said: “This decision, announced this week, covers all existing Environmental Stewardship agreements, including those remaining to be signed up this year, and means the […]

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