CAP Reform Q&A Online Discussion

DefraGov

Verified User
EFAs and Cover Crops.... My understanding is that any catch or cover crops planted this autumn will not be eligible for the 2015 BPS.

Is this correct?
Only catch and cover crops planted in 2015 can count towards EFA for the 2015 scheme year.
 

Chrisw

Member
Location
Cornwall
My landlord wants to increase the rent, and says part of the calculations is the money the farm will receive from the BPS. Does this not go against the whole point of active farmer, if it is expected to just pass up the line to the land lord?
 

DefraGov

Verified User
Can pp be classed as a 2nd or third crop?, regardless of whether it is grazed or baled.

Could a parcel of pp with a ditch along it be totald up and be included as a buffer?

Can a farmer claim on a parcel that is rented out for eg: potatoes, or would it need to be included on the tenant's claim? Given the fact that the parcel in question could have fallow, and/or buffers on part of it.

Thanks.
Hello Ivor
Answers in turn to your questions:
1. Permanent pasture cannot be counted as arable land, therefore cannot be counted as a crop for crop diversification.
2. No, as a buffer strip has to be located on or adjacent to arable land.
3. Where land is rented out under a tenancy agreement (Agricultural Holdings Act or Farm Business Tenancy) the tenant will be the one who is eligible for BPS (as the land will be ‘at their disposal’) and thereby the greening requirements will apply to the tenant, not the landlord.
 

DefraGov

Verified User
Hi

There have been a couple of posts on here recently about changes to the hedgecutting rules, with a rumour (?) that we will not be able to start until September instead of August as we do currently.

Can you confirm if this is the case, and if is just for field hedges or if road hedges are affected as well? Are we still allowed to cut at any time of year for 'road safety'? Is there any guidance on when a road can be cut in the name of 'road safety'?

Thanks
We’ve confirmed in CAP announcements, most recently in the August 2014 update leaflet https://capreform.blog.gov.uk/2014/08/14/new-details-on-cap-now-available/ , that the hedge-cutting ban will be extended to the end of August. This covers all hedges on the holding. We will be confirming what exemptions there will be from the rules shortly.



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DefraGov

Verified User
My question is for clarification on field margins. I have 41 km of EE3 margins, half of which are planted with canary grass & the rest as natural regeneration. Will these be eligible for EFA & how is this calculated? My ELS started before 2012.
Hi
Reed Canary Grass is a permanent crop and therefore is not arable land for the purposes of calculating your greening requirements, and cannot be counted towards EFA.
If the other margins are arable land and meet the fallow land rules then they can be counted as fallow land for both crop diversification and as an EFA.
 

DefraGov

Verified User
My landlord wants to increase the rent, and says part of the calculations is the money the farm will receive from the BPS. Does this not go against the whole point of active farmer, if it is expected to just pass up the line to the land lord?
Rents are a private matter between the tenant and landlord.
 

DefraGov

Verified User
The CAP Reform team are signing off.

Thanks to all of you for asking questions since Saturday and in the last two hours that we’ve been online.

We hope it was useful. We’ll consider holding more of these online Q&A later this year.

We weren’t able to answer all of the questions you asked before 7pm in the time that we had, so we’ll be answering those left from the session over the next week. In the meantimeif you have further questions, please read our latest leaflet at https://capreform.blog.gov.uk/2014/08/14/new-details-on-cap-now-available/
 

Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
Hi
Reed Canary Grass is a permanent crop and therefore is not arable land for the purposes of calculating your greening requirements, and cannot be counted towards EFA.
If the other margins are arable land and meet the fallow land rules then they can be counted as fallow land for both crop diversification and as an EFA.
Thank you.
 
At present entitlements in Wales are allocated according to what hectares were farmed and livestock held from 2000-2002. Is it correct that from 2015, there is a gradual switchover, 20% per year, from that formula to one based on the hectares actually farmed in 2015?

Many Thanks
 

Yale

Member
Livestock Farmer
At present entitlements in Wales are allocated according to what hectares were farmed and livestock held from 2000-2002. Is it correct that from 2015, there is a gradual switchover, 20% per year, from that formula to one based on the hectares actually farmed in 2015?

Many Thanks
Perhaps the Welsh Assembly Government could participate in a similar clarification.

I won't hold my breath................................I'd be dead.
 

C.J

Member
Location
South Devon
We’ve confirmed in CAP announcements, most recently in the August 2014 update leaflet [https://capreform.blog.gov.uk/2014/08/14/new-details-on-cap-now-available/], that the hedge-cutting ban will be extended to the end of August. This covers all hedges on the holding. We will be confirming what exemptions there will be from the rules shortly.
Your link doesn't work but I have read the booklet that came last week.

GAEC 7A brings trees as well as hedges into a 1st of March to 31st August no cutting season.

A lot of farmers will cut there own firewood and are exempt from a felling licence if they cut up to 5 cubic meters per calendar quarter.

How will this continue with a 6 months ban ?

We know this government are keen renewables - such as Biomass but will it have to be imported?

Something for you to think about before next time !
 

llamedos

New Member
Any questions that were asked and not answered, @DefraGov have said they would answer in the next week.
http://thefarmingforum.co.uk/index.php?threads/cap-reform-q-a-online-discussion-open-for-questions.30051/page-5#post-557389

The thread was not intended to question the policy, only to answer queries you may have. Please be mindful of this.

Posts with particular relevance to Wales please see here http://wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/cap/?lang=en Or perhaps start a new thread, and see if we can get your representatives to partake in a similar Q & A session.

@C.J I edited the posts which included a broken link, it just had () in the wrong place.

@Fuzzy hope this answers your query

@Forage Trader similarly I hope this answers yours

@Dman2 hopefully your post may be answered along with any missed in the allotted time.


Thanks
 

DefraGov

Verified User
Will there be an API developed to allow 3rd party software integrate with the new website?
Hi "FarmGeek"
We're just catching up with those questions we ran out of time to answer on Wednesday.

We are looking at the options for providing integration with third party software for the future, but this is unlikely to be available in 2015.
 

DefraGov

Verified User
On your video you posted on here the other day it looked really fiddle to add all the hedges and other features on the farm, will most of this information be prepopulated from previous records or will we have to add it all? By the looks of it it could take me weeks to do it if I have to start from scratch :(
Hi there
The new CAP Information Service will be pre-populated with data about you, your business and your land. Customers and agents will need to check and confirm these details and also tell us about land features and land uses (including EFAs) using the online maps. There will be work to do to prepare for your application, but if you start when you receive your registration pack this year, you’ll be in the best position to apply for CAP schemes and payments in 2015.
 

vaderstad

Member
Hello 'simon c'
A farmer has to declare all of their agricultural land on their application and meet the greening rules on all of that land, even if they do not activate entitlements against all of that land. You can’t “avoid” greening by claiming for less land than you have on your holding.
How do you handle the case of a cross-border farmer where the land in Scotland is rented out, farmed, and entitlements held and BPS claimed by a third party?
 

Simon C

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Essex Coast
Hello 'simon c'
A farmer has to declare all of their agricultural land on their application and meet the greening rules on all of that land, even if they do not activate entitlements against all of that land. You can’t “avoid” greening by claiming for less land than you have on your holding.
Could the land owner surrender 0.26ha of entitlements to get below the 10ha limit with a RLE1 form. There is no way a contractor is going to grow two crops on 25 acres
 

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