AB12: Supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds, cost versus payment

Does anyone know are you meant to feed in the first year of your agreement? It says feed from December to April, but agreements start in January one month after your meant to start feeding?
Your meant to start feeding when your winter Bird feed crop runs out but in the first year of the agreement it wont be planted yet?
 

Andy26

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Arable Farmer
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Northants
Does anyone know are you meant to feed in the first year of your agreement? It says feed from December to April, but agreements start in January one month after your meant to start feeding?
Your meant to start feeding when your winter Bird feed crop runs out but in the first year of the agreement it wont be planted yet?
From this December.
 
So your saying technically you would start feeding in the December of the first year of your agreement, so would you claim for the full allocation in your revenue claim for the first year of your agreement?
 

theboytheboy

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Arable Farmer
Location
Portsmouth
Leaves you £12.36 to feed out each week at a minimum of two different locations for 22 consecutive weeks, when you add in handling, storage, admin and any machinery costs working for well under the minimum wage.

I think its a good option but needs to compromise and either pay quite a lot more or be less prescriptive.

When the option was introduced in April 2015, Wheat was £110/t with 2015 harvest price not much over £90/t.
I have just done the exact same costing exercise for this option.

I can't get many of the options I shortlisted for a mid tier application to add up when I truly cost my time to do each option as specified.

I am not paying myself alot. Certainly less than if I worked doing the admin for the organisations running the scheme.

When I add in uncertainty over costs due to inflation it isn't worth it for me.
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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