RPA – BPS & CSS Update

The Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship payment window for 2020 revenue claims runs from the beginning of December 2020 to the end of June 2021.

Countryside Stewardship Capital Claims – Remember to complete all capital works within two years of the agreement start date. All work must comply with the agreement and must be paid for, before making a claim. All claims for payment should be submitted no later than three months after the agreement end date.

Countryside Stewardship 2021 – In 2021, air quality will be introduced as a new objective for Countryside Stewardship Scheme applications. The aim is to reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture and will mean that existing options that improve air quality (e.g. slurry store covers or planting of tree shelter belts), and two new capital items may be used in priority areas to improve air quality. The two new capital items will be automatic floor scrapers and low emission flooring, both for livestock housing. We will know further details once the Countryside Stewardship manuals for 2021 have been published.

BPS Payment Rates 2020

Financial disciple mechanism (FDM) reductions will not apply in 2020, so most BPS applicants will receive a slightly higher payment.

Contact Sophie at sophiecahill@fcgagric.com or your local FCG Office for more information.

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