FARMERS ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT BPS APPLICATIONS ON TIME
FARMERS HAVE been encouraged to submit their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications before the 15 May deadline. They can also now claim for their Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements. The timings for all payment schemes have been aligned by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to simplify the experience for farmers.
The government has confirmed that all eligible BPS, CS and ES payments will be funded this year, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
Farmers and land managers must ensure that they continue to follow all the current regulations to avoid penalties, including on cross-compliance. Applicants to BPS and CS can quickly update their personal and business information by applying through the Rural Payments service (https:// www.gov.uk/claim-ruralpayments).