25 April 2022

The Rural Payments Agency has published their April update which includes updates on their schemes, including the Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and the Basic Payment Scheme, as well as the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Landscape Recovery and the Lump Sum Exit Scheme.

A few sections to highlight are:-

Basic Payment Scheme – Applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2022 are now open. This includes Young and New Farmer applications. The deadline for applications and for BPS entitlement transfers without penalty is midnight on 16 May 2022. You can find more information about the scheme on the Basic Payment Scheme page on GOV.UK.

Environmental land management schemes – We are introducing 3 new schemes that reward farmers for environmental benefits: the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery. All schemes will be voluntary – it will be for farmers to decide what the right combination of actions are for their particular setting. Schemes are being co-designed to be accessible and supportive with fair compensation.

While the new schemes are rolling out, existing schemes will continue to be available for some time, with the last round of applications for new Countryside Stewardship agreements opening in 2023, for agreements starting in 2024. Then, from 2025, it will only be possible to enter into new agreements through our new environmental land management schemes. Subscribe to the Future Farming blog to make sure you don’t miss any updates.

Lump Sum Exit Scheme – The scheme will assist farmers, who wish to retire or leave the industry, to do so in a planned way. It will also allow these farmers to retain some involvement in farming, such as working for other farmers. Information about the scheme was sent to BPS customers in February 2022. For the latest information, go to the Lump Sum Exit Scheme page GOV.UK.

To read the RPA’s update in full, see the web pages here – Rural Payments Agency April update


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