Rise in average 2017 farm incomes

Defra’s initial estimate of England farm incomes for the 2017/18 (March to February) year predicts increases in all farm enterprise incomes, save for lowland grazing livestock, which is unchanged, and grazed livestock in less favoured areas (LFA), which is lower. The...

BPS 2017 payments up 5%

UK Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claims for 2017 made in sterling will be worth 4.98% more than in 2016, when the value rose by 16.54% after the post-Referendum collapse in the  £:€ exchange rate. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the exchange rate for 2017...

RPA pays 91% of 2016 BPS

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that it had paid 2016 Basic Payment Scheme money to 91% of eligible farmers in England by the end of December 2016 – within a month of the scheme window opening on December 1st 2016. The Agency says that some 78,000...

NFU demands RPA complete 2015 BPS payments

The NFU has called upon the Rural Payments Agency to “iron out” a number of outstanding problems with the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme, as it is less than three months until the 2016 scheme window opens on December 1st. “Members say they do not have confidence that the...