Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme is extended

The government has committed £30 million for further rounds of the popular Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which helps farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields.  This will include equipment specific to cattle,...

Grants for free-range egg producers

Grants up to a maximum £1,000 are on offer for people aged under 40 working within the free range egg industry.  The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is offering the grants through its Next Generation Programme.  The programme will support study trips,...

Financial Discipline Mechanism repayments

A large proportion of farmers claiming BPS are due to receive Financial Discipline Mechanism (FDM) refunds from late September. The monies originate from reductions taken from the 2016 BPS payments.  These monies need to be issued where possible by 15 October.  RPA...

Derogation to increase fodder availability

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced a derogation to relax some of the Ecological Focus Area (EFA) rules to increase the availability of fodder. This specifically applies to EFA cover crops only. The derogation will come into force by 30 September.  This...