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Basic Payment Scheme: Greening removed for 2021
24 August 2020

The Government have announced this week that the Greening requirements of the Basic Payment Scheme will be removed for 2021.

This means there will be no 3 Crop Rule and no requirement for 5% of land to be recorded as Ecological Focus Area (EFA).

The timing of the announcement is timely as it may allow farmers to change their cropping plans for 2021 harvest. For example, there is now no requirement to leave land fallow to meet the EFA requirements.

This is the first step in the Government’s plan to cut red tape for farmers as part of the agricultural transition period and the move away from direct payments towards the new Environmental Land Management scheme which will be rolled out in late 2024.

The Government’s full announcement can be found here

For further information please call our Rural Property & Business team on 01234 352201.

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