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Sustainable Farming Incentive Opens for Expressions of interest 15th March 2021



George Eustice issued a press release launching the pilot. See press release attached with link to the full scheme details. Key points:

Ø They are seeking expressions of interest from 15th March with a view to have several hundred participants in the pilot. This is a reduction in number from what was originally anticipated.

Ø They hope to have schemes operational from October this autumn.

Ø Agreement holders will be paid monthly in arrears for scheme revenue payments and for the participation payment. Capital payments will be made on a claim back basis.

Ø The participation payment is a contribution to the farmer’s time and effort in assisting DEFRA with this pilot study. It is expected a farmer would need to commit to 10-15 hours per month.

Ø There are lots of new concepts including the new standards within the pilot.

Ø The payment rates are similar to existing scheme payment rates. They should not be taken as an indication of future rates.

Ø BPS claimants are only eligible to apply for this if they have land parcels that are currently not in an environmental scheme (avoiding any risk of double funding).

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