Entitlement Aid raises over £20,000.
We are very pleased to announce that Entitlement Aid has raised a fantastic total of £20,400. We would like to thank all those that donated and bought entitlements.
Entitlement Aid aimed to transfer small amounts of excess entitlements to active farmers with land not matched with entitlements. The alternative would have been for the entitlements to be lapsed or sold. The initiative sought to attract donations of entitlements, with agents being encouraged to match donors and buyers and to carry out the small transfers for no fee. The proceeds are to be passed on to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Addington Fund and the Farming Community Network.
BPS Payment Awards 2015.
The opening of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 payment window on 1 December 2015 is fast approaching. England received just over 88,000 applications and the process has not been helped by the change to paper forms and the subsequent manual inputting of data from the BP5 forms.
The RPA issued a news release on 10 November stating that “the RPA remains on track to make full payments as early as possible in the payment window with the majority before the end of December and the vast majority by the end of January 2016”. It is known that 10% of applicants will not be receiving their payments before January 2016. These are applications that include the following cases:
Very Large / Complex
The RPA is intending to write to anyone that will be affected due to the cases mentioned above before the payment window opens on 1 December.
BPS 2015 entitlements values and greening payment rates have been published by the RPA and are as follows:
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Work is underway on our new office in Butterleigh. Weather permitting the new roof will be finished shortly and then a whole host of tradesmen will come in to complete the transformation..
FWAG Bronze Otter Award.
Following on from success in the Farmers Weekly Awards Kevin and Julie were earlier this year proud to accept The Devon Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group's Bronze Otter Award for all their hard work at Martinsfield.
The Devon Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group's Bronze Otter Award is presented each year to the farmer who best demonstrates commercial farming, combined with environmental management. The farms entered into the Bronze Otter competition are judged on five main criteria – business viability, the efficient use of agricultural inputs such as manure, herbicides and pesticides; practices to encourage wildlife; the conservation of natural resources like water and energy, and the way the general public is involved.