Flood damage grant – watch this space…

Flood damage grant – watch this space…

Following the recent exceptional rainfall, the government has announced that it will open up its ‘Farming Recovery Fund’ to support farmers badly affected by flooding across Yorkshire and the Midlands. This scheme will allow applications for grants between £500 and...
Inheritance Tax: Tribunal case win for farmer

Inheritance Tax: Tribunal case win for farmer

A recent tribunal case has highlighted the need for those intending to benefit from Agricultural Property Relief (APR), to continue to actively farm in their last years of life. The case, known as Charnley v HMRC, showed the need for clear evidence of active...
DEFRA to incentivise tree planting

DEFRA to incentivise tree planting

The government has recently launched the Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme. The scheme has a potential £50 million of funding and aims to encourage landowners and farmers to plant trees for carbon capture. In return, they will get a long-term income by selling...
BPS 2020: Mapping Changes

BPS 2020: Mapping Changes

As has happened in previous years, the RPA will be undertaking proactive mapping changes from later this year. This will impact upon the 2020 Scheme year (affecting BPS, as well as Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship agreements). This work is due to...
BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

The BPS 2019 payment exchange rate has been confirmed as €1 = £0.89092, which is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates during September. This is a marginal drop compared to 2018 BPS payments where the rate was €1 = £0.89281. The RPA is due to start...
BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

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...