1. Clive

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    I'm struggling too get my head around how these 2 schemes will work together I'm in SFI pilot but a requirement of pilot was no existing CSS agreements so we held off purposely on CSS last year I want to do CSS ........ there are options there that are more finically attractive than SFI and I...
  2. D

    New mid tier agreement?

    Anyone received a new mid tier agreement yet? Thought it started 1st Jan ? Not heard anything yet & know a few others the same🤷🏻? bit frustrating…..!! Cheers dh
  3. Janet Hughes Defra

    Farming Investment Fund - robotics and slurry - open for applications

    Good afternoon all Just to let you know that we've opened another round of the Farming Investment Fund https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2022/01/19/improving-farm-productivity-grants-open-for-applications/… This one is mainly focused on robotics and slurry equipment. It follows the water round...
  4. Defra Farming

    Improving Farm Productivity grants: open for applications

    Improving Farm Productivity grants: open for applications Written by Gordon Jones At the end of last year, we published a manual on the Improving Farm Productivity grant, which is part of the Farming Transformation Fund. The manual explains what the Improving Farm Productivity grant is...
  5. F

    Mid Tier Capital Claims

    Am I correct in thinking I can make multiple Mid Tier Capital claims, ie I can undertake work and claim for it in stages? I do not have to wait until all the work is done and put all my capital claims into one claim application do I?
  6. topground

    SFI and Farm Assurance ‘Earned recognition’

    This extract lifted from an email received yesterday. I understood from Janet Hughes posts that there was no plan to link SFI with farm assurance. If I am correct then either Janet Hughes speak with forked tongue or there are parts of her team publishing stuff with contrary information. What do...
  7. AnnaMooMoo

    DEFRA efficiency

    Hi all, I am only 2 years into my farming "career" and already I am writing to my MP about DEFRA's incompetence. I am also asking what action will be taken regarding the PAC's report on ELMS.... Can anyone tell me what percentage of DEFRA's "CAP" equivalent budget actually goes to farmers/...
  8. Farm Business RSS

    RPA announces changes to payment rates in Countryside Stewardship Scheme

    Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business The Rural Payments Agency Announce Changes to Payment Rates in Countryside Stewardship The RPA has announced a significant rise, of 30% on average, in the payment rates available in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, with the Government reportedly...
  9. B

    Red Tractor staff

    Clearly many thousands of farmers now know that RT isn’t a legitimate company because farms still get inspected by government agencies for things that are written into law. So my question is that all the staff must know that the RT business model is questionable, so do they have a clear...
  10. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-how-the-scheme-will-work-in-2022), today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  11. D

    Public Accounts Committee enquiry into ELMS

    Have just received the Public Accounts Committee report on ELMS, and associated press release. I think 'damning' pretty much covers it. It is embargoed until Sunday so will post on here then, just starting a thread now in case anyone else who has had it is less worried about such niceties and...
  12. cotswoldcs

    Fertiliser on Countryside Stewardship Options

    We signed up for a new 5 year Mid Tier agreement which should start this January. I'm annoyed that I have yet to hear from RPA that I have been accepted but that's another story! Some of our CS Options require fertiliser to be applied at a specific rate (AB9 for example requires 50Kg N/ha)...
  13. G

    AB9, vetch or phacelia?

    Anyone added vetch or phacelia to AB9 mix? They obvs produce seeds (as I can buy the seed). Like the idea of fixing a bit of N with the vetch, and getting some good growth with phacelia on the light sand land. Anyone know what RPA think to vetch or phacelia?
  14. Tucker86


    Now we have details on the payments, is anybody still thinking of putting there whole farm into the sfi scheme ? I can’t see any benefit in putting any of your land into the scheme at them prices, let alone your whole farm ? Happy new year by the way
  15. Agriland RSS

    Make surplus BPS cash work harder for you – Oxbury

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Farmers receiving their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments could make their money work harder with the help of a new specially designed agricultural savings account. Over £1.7 billion of BPS money has just landed in the bank accounts of 97,500 farming...
  16. D

    Oxford Real Farming Conference 2022

  17. F

    2021 Countryside Stewardship Payment

    Anyone get theirs yet? Mine still says claim validation.
  18. J

    Trading standards inspections

    So since they're starting up again, and I've obviously never had one I'm assuming I'm likely to be near the top of the list. Do they give any notice as to when they're coming? What do I need to look out for? I didn't sleep much last night so woke up early and pressure washed the dairy, I...
  19. Chris F

    AIC Farmer Meeting on Friday

    A group, including myself and 3 cereals farmers met with Robert Sheasby and John Kelley from the AIC on Friday afternoon. AIC were able to take us through their role in the industry. It was great to understand the process that a new scheme would have to go through to be accepted by AIC. It was...
  20. B

    Elms & the Livestock Farmer

    Isn't it time that DEFRA owned up & admitted that they see arable farmers as the spawn of the Devil with their ploughs, heavy machinery & chemical soaked soils where as livestock & mixed farmers with their lovely pastures, meadows, flowers & hedges have surely been delivered from the loins of...