Schemes

Amendments made Traunches 3 and 4 of NI’s Environmental Farming Scheme

Amendments made Traunches 3 and 4 of NI’s Environmental Farming Scheme

Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister has announced that Tranches 3 and 4 of the delayed Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) will now proceed...

March 12, 2020

English farmers’ BPS payments to reduce by between 5% and 25% in 2021

English farmers’ BPS payments to reduce by between 5% and 25% in 2021

English farmers are set to see their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments cut by between 5% and 25% as of...

February 26, 2020

NI agriculture minister confirms £293 million in direct payments

NI agriculture minister confirms £293 million in direct payments

Northern Ireland’s new agriculture minister Edwin Poots has confirmed that farmers there will share £293 million in direct payments for...

February 4, 2020

Watch: 5ac of greens in 55m²? No imports…hyper-local food

Watch: 5ac of greens in 55m²? No imports…hyper-local food

Two re-purposed shipping containers, fitted with a ‘Farmony’ – 55m² in size, can produce 55,000 heads of lettuce per year or...

November 20, 2019

Stable CAP 2021 budget ‘crucial’ for young EU farmers

Stable CAP 2021 budget ‘crucial’ for young EU farmers

A stable budget for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2021 – and beyond – is essential for European farmers,...

November 6, 2019

Hemp production programme established in the US

Hemp production programme established in the US

The establishment of the US Domestic Hemp Production Program was announced this week by the US secretary of agriculture, Sonny...

November 4, 2019

£22 million awarded to farmers in Productivity Small Grants Scheme

£22 million awarded to farmers in Productivity Small Grants Scheme

More than 3,600 farmers are set to benefit from £22 million of productivity-boosting equipment from round two of the Government’s...

October 29, 2019

EU commissioner designate for agriculture undergoes another grilling from MEPs

EU commissioner designate for agriculture undergoes another grilling from MEPs

The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has completed its second hearing of the Polish candidate for the agriculture...

October 9, 2019

CAP proposals may be returned to committee for debate

CAP proposals may be returned to committee for debate

The proposals for reforming the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) may yet be referred back to the EU Parliament’s Committee on...

October 4, 2019

Hogan proposes scheme to reward farmers for cutting emissions

Hogan proposes scheme to reward farmers for cutting emissions

A ‘Farm Carbon Scheme’ that would see farmers being rewarded for making efforts to voluntarily cut their carbon emissions has...

October 3, 2019

Exchange rate for 2019 BPS payments confirmed

Exchange rate for 2019 BPS payments confirmed

UK farmers can budget for 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments to be worth about the same amount as last...

October 1, 2019

How efficient must a farmer become at producing a kilogram of product?

How efficient must a farmer become at producing a kilogram of product?

When it comes to agriculture and climate action the focus – with regard to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – needs...

September 7, 2019

‘As far as the people of this area are concerned the DUP is not interested’

‘As far as the people of this area are concerned the DUP is not interested’

Apart from workers here having to apply for certain status [because of Brexit] there is now also the economic viability...

September 1, 2019

New Environmental Farming Scheme opens in Northern Ireland

New Environmental Farming Scheme opens in Northern Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced that the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Wider Level will...

August 14, 2019

Will satellite imagery remove the need for farm audits?

Will satellite imagery remove the need for farm audits?

Improved satellite imagery can remove the need for farm audits, according to a senior researcher for the European Commission. Vladimir...

July 1, 2019

CLA: ‘We should be wary of normalising bridging payments’

CLA: ‘We should be wary of normalising bridging payments’

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as welcomed the announcement that the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will begin making...

April 8, 2019

NI farmers may be in a position to receive CAP subsidies until end of 2019

NI farmers may be in a position to receive CAP subsidies until end of 2019

Farmers in Northern Ireland may be in a position to continue receiving EU payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)...

April 1, 2019

TFA calls for ‘improved performance’ from RPA

TFA calls for ‘improved performance’ from RPA

The Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA) has said that the performance of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) “must improve”, and is...

April 1, 2019