South west farming consultancy warns farmers deadline for claiming single farm payment looming.
25th April 2014
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The farming consultancy which assists farmers across the South West with grant funding applications and agricultural advice, understands that in 2015 paper claim forms will not be available and claims will have to be submitted via the new online claim system.


Crops planted in autumn 2014 will fall under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) rules when it begins in January 2015; the BPS rules include greening which contains crop diversification and ecological focus area’s which will affect some farms. 


Haines Watts Rural Business LLP provide a unique combination of agricultural and financial expertise to rural business in the South West. The firm offers both personal and business support to managers and owners to develop and put in place tailored farm strategies, annual plans and improvement projects together with technical advice.  In addition they provide grant advice and assistance with applications including RDPE grants and offer practical advice on planning applications. 


Haines Watts Rural Business farming consultant Lucy Thomas says:  “We are helping busy farmers to complete SPS 2014 forms in preparation for this transition.   The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is proposing to have future claim forms submitted digitally by default from next year; as a result we are actively encouraging and assisting farmers to complete their 2014 SP claims on-line this year.  In addition farmers need to start considering crop planning for the autumn; in preparation to comply with future greening/ cropping legislation for the new rules and regulations for the new scheme which transfers on the 1st January 2015 to Basic Payments Scheme (BPS). “


The deadline for RPA to receive SPS 2014 applications (without penalty) is midnight 15 May 2014.  For any assistance with SPS, planning for BPS or completion of SPS forms (either online or paper format) or any agricultural consultancy advice please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Thomas HWRB

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