More details are starting to emerge about the future for farm support schemes under DEFRA’s Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024. To support rural professional advisers, Alice De Soer BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV MIAgrM, founder of Rural Response, will cover the “nuts and bolts” of the first elements of Environmental Land Management and proposed changes to direct payments.
What will be covered? With over 18 years' experience of practical design and implementation of farm support schemes, Alice will provide an update on the "nuts and bolts" of:-
• applying to the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) Pilot from June 2021; and
• DEFRA's proposals for 'delinking' direct payments and the Lump Sum Exit Scheme DEFRA is also due to publish more information on "early" SFI from 2022 by June 2021.
More details below.
Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme - The SFI is one of the three new schemes to be made available in England under the Environmental Land Management (E.L.M.) banner. It's being piloted from this year, with applications to the initial phase from this June (2021). "Early" SFI is then due to be rolled out from 2022. Both of these aspects will inform development of the scheme in readiness for it being fully rolled out from late 2024.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) window for the initial phase of the SFI pilot closed on 11th April 2021. Those selected to apply to participate in the initial phase of the SFI scheme pilot should be informed by the end of May. The application window will then open from June 2021.
The Lump Sum Exit Scheme and 'delinking' direct payments - DEFRA has published its consultation on proposals to offer a Lump Sum Exit Scheme in 2022 and replace payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) with 'delinked' payments in 2024. Find out what the consultation proposals are and the potential practical implications to consider.
When? 12.30-2.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June 2021 (90 minutes CPD), including plenty of opportunity to pose questions.
Cost/ Booking? A reduced rate is being offered for IAgrM members - £25.00 + VAT. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.