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Countryside Stewardship

9th August 2017

Mid Tier and Higher Tier Stewardship Applications should now be being worked up with a view to final submission by the end of September 2017. Natural England should be supporting the development of a Higher Tier agreement with the applicant, however Mid Tier applications are subject to the applicant’s choices. It is important that the […]

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£200 Million Boost for Rural England

9th August 2017

A new round of funding has been confirmed by DEFRA. This round of funding will include: £45m to help rural businesses grow and invest in new equipment – rural businesses, including those engaged in tourism and food production, can apply for funding to invest in their company, helping them to expand, diversify, and invest in […]

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August Cross Compliance Key Dates

9th August 2017

1 August If you have been granted a derogation by RPA, you may be able to cut or trim hedges throughout August, to sow oilseed rape or temporary grassland. (GAEC 7a) Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage […]

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Greening 2018

9th August 2017

The EU Greening requirements for the 2018 Scheme Year have been amended and DEFRA have partially clarified how they will implement these new Regulations in England. The key changes are expected to be as follows: There will be a ban on the use of Plant Protection Products on EFA Fallow Land, Catch & Cover Crops […]

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EU bans pesticide use on EFAs

24th June 2017

On the 15 June 2017, MEPs voted to prevent the use of pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) under new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) rules, with the new rules coming into force in January 2018. Therefore, from next January, pesticide use will no longer be allowed on nitrogen-fixing crops, fallow, cover and catch crops that […]

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Key Dates for 2017

2nd May 2017

1 May You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing, or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and 7c)* 1 May Crop diversification period and ecological focus area (EFA) period for nitrogen fixing crops begins (until 30 June). 15 May Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 application deadline to avoid late claim penalties. Environmental Stewardship […]

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Subsidies and Grant Funding Available Now

16th March 2017

Basic Payment Scheme 2017 – On-line applications are available with paper applications being sent to those who completed the forms by hand last year. The deadline is the 15 May 2017. Hedgerow and Boundaries Capital Grant Scheme Hedgerows and boundaries grant is open for applications until the 28 April 2017. Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship Mid […]

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Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Applications Now Open

6th February 2017

Natural England has launched the 2017 round of applications for the Countryside Stewardship (CS) Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grants. Grants of up to £5000 are available for stone wall restoration, hedgerow restoration, hedge-laying, coppicing and stone-faced bank repair. Land parcels in an ELS agreement can be included provided they meet eligibility requirements, but are not […]

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News Round-up

16th January 2017

Basic Payment 2016 RPA paid 91% of eligible farmers in December. Some of these payments were to cases where more work is still to be done (for example, farmers whose queries about their BPS 2015 payment are still to be resolved). RPA are now working through these outstanding payments and are contacting (by letter or […]

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