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3 September 2014

King West

DEFRA Update

Further updates have recently been issued by DEFRA to provide clarity to the guidelines on ecological focus areas and crop diversification known collectively as “Greening.”

The updates to the New Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (CAP Schemes), includes further information on the rules to be applied to land in fallow. With harvest progressing towards an end in the coming days and weeks, it is important that cropping decisions are made with the new rules firmly in mind.  In addition, the RPA (Rural Payments Agency) are shortly to release further information relating to the mechanics of the new mapping and online application systems.

In 2015 the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will replace the Single Payment Scheme. The BPS will include new ‘greening’ rules farmers must follow to receive a greening payment that will be equal to 30% of the total payment. Each claimant will need to meet the Crop Diversification and Ecological Focus Area rules in 2015 which will depend on how much arable land they control.

If you are intending to, or likely to claim BPS in 2015, it is vital to understand the new rules and how they might affect your business. Some of the rules will cover existing practices and others will affect decisions you make now about the land management and crop planning for Harvest 2015.

It is important that an early understanding of the new online systems and rules is gained to avoid any potential for errors when making the application next May. On the 1st January 2015, SPS entitlements will become BPS entitlements. If you want to transfer your SPS entitlements before that happens, you need to submit a RLE1 Form to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by 21 October 2014.

Please contact either Mike Holland or Henry Spencer for further advice or information.

Mike Holland MRICS

Telephone- 01858 435974

Email- mholland@kingwest.co.uk

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