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  1. 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...
  2. Agriland RSS

    £25m Improving Farm Productivity scheme opens

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Farmers and growers in England can apply for up to £500,000 in government funding from today, January 19, to invest in cutting edge robotics and technology to boost food production. The application window for the new Improving Farm Productivity scheme –...
  3. Mark Hatton

    YAMS 2022

    “Yorkshire’s biggest agricultural machinery show is all set to go ahead with organisers reporting a surge of tradestand bookings as further coronavirus restrictions look unlikely to happen. The Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) which is due to take place at York Auction Centre on...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Defra Farming

    The Farming Investment Fund: more notice, more information and a new opportunity ahead

    The Farming Investment Fund: more notice, more information and a new opportunity ahead Written by Gordon Jones Natural England/Paul Glendell Last month, we launched the Farming Investment Fund. It included the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and the Water Management theme of the...
  8. Agriland RSS

    RPA issue £1.725 billion in payments to farmers

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid out £1.725 billion to farmers in the first few days of the payment window opening this month. These payments cover the Basic Payments Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) revenue and Environmental...
  9. Defra Farming

    Introducing the Moorland and Rough Grazing Standard

    Introducing the Moorland and Rough Grazing Standard Written by Ian Condliffe Photo by Ian Condliffe I recently joined the Sustainable Farming Incentive team to help develop some of the standards for 2022/23. In particular, those focused on upland farming and moorland management. My name...
  10. Janet Hughes Defra

    Sustainable farming incentive details published today

    Morning all Today we'll be publishing some information about how the sustainable farming incentive will work when we start rolling it out from next year in England. I'll post the links here as soon as they're online, and will be here on this thread over the next few days to answer your...
  11. Defra Farming

    Preparing for BPS removal: why you should consider Countryside Stewardship

    Preparing for BPS removal: why you should consider Countryside Stewardship Written by Lauren Briggs Copyright Natural England/Paul Glendell Countryside Stewardship is a scheme which provides financial incentives for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to look after and...
  12. Agriland RSS

    New Defra office set for Newcastle upon Tyne

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland A new core Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) office is set for Newcastle upon Tyne, the government has announced today (Friday, November 19). The new office will boost Defra’s presence in, and create job opportunities for, the...
  13. Agriland RSS

    £27 million for farmers to boost productivity

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland £27 million has today (Tuesday, November 16) been made available for farmers to invest in productivity-boosting equipment, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Rural Payments Agency have announced in an official...
  14. Farm Business RSS

    Farming Investment Fund now open for grant applications

    Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business From today farmers, foresters and growers from across England can apply for grants from the Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) £27 million Farming Investment Fund to buy new equipment and infrastructure to help to improve efficiency...
  15. Defra Farming

    Farm visit: Challacombe Farm on Dartmoor

    Farm visit: Challacombe Farm on Dartmoor Written by Sarah Blatchford Earlier this year, my colleague Michael Sturla explained the value of farm visits to us in Defra and how we adapted them during the pandemic by making them virtual. With restrictions easing and a plan in place to keep...
  16. Agriland RSS

    2021 Basic Payment Scheme rates confirmed by RPA

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed the 2021 rates for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which sees rates increase by a few pence. The 2021 payment rates are as follows: Non-SA £233.30/ha; SDA £231.60/ha; Moorland £64.00/ha. How the common land part...
  17. topground

    SFI Pilot Agreement contract.

    Set out below is the text of the agreement DEFRA expect me to sign to be part of the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot (SFI Pilot) Agreement with my details omitted. The poll is for fun (perhaps) DEFRA expect me to sign this without knowing what the payment rates will be over a three year...
  18. Defra Farming

    Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

    Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot Written by Lisa Applin In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot. The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the...
  19. JP1

    BCMS changes

    Just had the following non-descript email . Just hope my 3 girls keep their legs crossed on that weekend early in October so I don't infringe their reporting rules Rural Payments Agency CPH: Our ref: CTS changes (1.0) Dear Sir or Madam As you’re aware, cattle...
  20. Agriland RSS

    Report shows that Wales leads the way in school and nursery milk provision for children

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Wales leads the way amongst UK nations when it comes to providing primary school age children with healthy and nutritious milk. The findings come as part of World School Milk Day 2021 which celebrates the benefits of healthy and nutritious school milk...
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