ENVIRONMENTAL LAND MANAGEMENT SCHEMES – REVENUE PAYMENTS TO INCREASE ON AVERAGE BY 10%!
We are extremely pleased to hear that today at the Oxford Farming Conference, Environment Secretary Steve Barclay, confirmed that there will be an average uplift of 10% on Environmental Land Management Schemes actions.
Those already in schemes such as SFI and Countryside Stewardship, will automatically benefit from the uplift.
Additional updates from Mr. Barclay, and from DEFRA, today included:
Up to 50 new actions to be added to Environmental Land Management Schemes.
Promises to deliver streamlined paperwork for schemes, including a single application service for farmers to apply for SFI and CS Mid-Tier.
Premium payments for high ambition actions or for delivering packages of actions that will achieve greater environmental benefits (a list of the premium payments can be found at https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2024/01/04/environmental-land-management-in-2024-details-of-actions-and-payments/ ).
Continuation to prioritise an “advise and prevent” approach across all schemes and regulation, which will make things fairer for all farmers participating in schemes.
Plans to look at ways to make access to grant funding easier as it is understood some farmers find it hard to find capital.
More grants to become available in 2024 to assist farms to “grow more, sell more and make your business more sustainable and resilient for the future..
With the 10% uplift in payments imminent, evaluating your SFI options in 2024 could further help your farming business bridge the gap of declining BPS payments. Book your free telephone consultation with one of our consultants today to discuss how SFI could fit your farming system!
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