Grant Success Stories and Grant Updates

I have not been in my role at The Farm Consultancy Group for as many years as some of my ‘more experienced’ colleagues, however, over my 3 years I have never seen, (I’m sure my colleagues will agree) so many grants available at one time.  Whether this is BREXIT related or not, now is a […]

NEW Farming Rules for Water

The New ‘Farming Rules for Water’ came in to place on 2nd April 2018.  Whilst termed as ‘new’ rules, there is a substantial overlap with the existing requirements set through Cross Compliance.  The aim of these rules being to deliver the obligations contained in the EU Water Framework Directive (Article 11(3) to reduce diffuse pollution, […]

New Year, New Greening Rules!

There are some key changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which will take effect from the 1st January 2018, including: • Active Farmer – Member States have the option to drop the “active farmer” rule. DEFRA is considering this at the moment and this may take effect in England for BPS 2018 and should be […]

Cross Compliance: A Note for Livestock Farmers

Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory If you are a registered sheep and goat farmer you should receive your sheep and goat annual inventory forms in the post along with a pre-paid envelope or via email from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of November.  This must be completed and […]