2019 BPS payment rate

2019 BPS payment rate

If it is possible to draw positives from the ongoing political uncertainty, then the impact on the Euro exchange rate for BPS payments is definitely one of them. Following the referendum result in 2016, payments increased by 16.5% because of a change in the exchange...
RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) have confirmed that they have overpaid around 1,000 farmers. In total £5 million has been paid out due to a system error making unintended agri-environment agreement payments. The Agency is now in the process of contacting affected...
New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’

New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’

New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’ Amid the ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of agricultural policy, DEFRA have published new guidance attempting to provide some clarity for the post-BREXIT world. There are no new policies revealed, but the guidance...
RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

New payment schedule for Stewardship schemes

The RPA is changing the way they make annual revenue payments to Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement holders. These changes will take effect immediately and are part of a drive to improve the performance of the schemes. Instead of...
Protect yourself and your commercial property

Protect yourself and your commercial property

We have recently been working on a large number of commercial lettings for our farming clients. With diversification on the rise, one of the biggest growth sectors is in renting out buildings or other space on the farm to non-farming businesses and individuals. Be it...
BPS appeal results in windfall for client

BPS appeal results in windfall for client

We recently won an appeal against the RPA which resulted in back payments being made to our client in the region of £25,000! This was a client new to us in 2018 and it was when going through their paperwork for the first time that the mistakes, dating back to 2005,...
Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Farmers are and other business which handle small quantities of low risk waste may need to re-register their waste exemptions as many will be running out of date this year. The Environment Agency introduced a new exemption system in 2013. The exemptions were valid for...
Cross Compliance reminder – EFA and Crop Diversification

BPS – What happens after the deadline?

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application deadline of 15th May might feel like a long time ago now, but just because the files have been put away, it doesn’t mean that BPS is over. The BPS scheme year runs from 1st January to 31st December, so whilst the application...
Valuations – a brief guide

Valuations – a brief guide

There is a big and often overlooked difference between the two main types of valuation, a market appraisal and a formal ‘Red Book’ valuation. It is important to know the difference, as the same property can be valued very differently for different purposes. Market...
Footpaths – not as fixed as you thought

Footpaths – not as fixed as you thought

Most footpaths have been in existence for many generations and usually pre-date the motor car to a time when access by foot was the dominant method of travelling around the countryside. Whilst the rights and legal basis of most footpaths are well established, it is...