Farmers have until 17 May to apply for this year’s basic payment scheme – with the claim window also open for existing Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship revenue agreements.
All applicants can update their personal and business information by applying through the Rural Payments service, where farmers and their agents can view and transfer their entitlements and land parcels.
The scheme has been simplified to reduce the burden on farmers. This includes the increased use of warning letters and offers of advice rather than penalties as the default response to a breach of scheme rules.
Rural Payments Agency chief executive Paul Caldwell said: “We will continue our commitment to ensuring timely payments to farmers and land managers but would urge you not to leave things until the last minute.”