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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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December Diary Dates

1st December 2016

1 December carry out your annual inventory of sheep. Return Survey and record in flock book. 13 December Livestock meeting. Hexham Mart, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG. 7.30pm to 9.30pm (tea and coffee available from 7.00pm) New County Parish Holding (CPH) 10-mile rule; Cross compliance requirements for livestock farms; Focus on common areas of non-compliance […]

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2016 BPS Payments

1st December 2016

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) have begun to make the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2016 payments. You can check the status of your claim by using the Rural Payments service. However, you should check your bank account regularly as this data may not have been up-dated and payment may have already been made. The RPA […]

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2016 Basic Payment Scheme

16th November 2016

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the entitlement values, and payment rates for greening, which will now be used to calculate farmers’ 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. The Euro exchange rate that will be used to calculate all payments is €1 = £0.85228. Entitlement values Under the BPS scheme, farmers need to hold […]

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Key Dates

2nd November 2016

31st October 2016 If you hold a summer water abstraction licence (authorising abstraction wholly within the months of April to October), the Environment Agency will make actual abstraction return forms available to you from 31st October. You then have 28 days to send your readings to the Environment Agency. (GAEC 2) 1st November 2016 You […]

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Grassland Derogations: 2017

2nd November 2016

The deadline of 30th December 2016 is fast approaching and we all know this time of year seems to fly by. To be eligible for a grassland derogation your holding must meet the following criteria: Over 80% of your land is grass You land must be within an NVZ A grassland derogation enables you to […]

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Buffer Strips

Rule Change

2nd November 2016

GAEC 1 – Establishment of buffer strips along watercourses From 1 January 2017, land parcels of 2 hectares or less next to watercourses will have to comply with the need to protect watercourses against pollution and run-off from agricultural sources, by maintaining buffer strips. The following two rules apply: You must take reasonable steps to […]

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