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Countryside Stewardship

The Rural Payments Agency Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript

James: Hello and welcome to the second Rural Payments Agency podcast. During today’s episode, we’ll update you on the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme, give you the latest information on the Countryside Stewardship applications window and review the Lump Sum Exit …

Getting ready to make your Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier application

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  Applications for Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier opened on 8 February 2022. Application packs can be requested using the Rural Payments service. The pack will be emailed to you and will contain the information that we hold for your business …

Rural Payments Agency Launches a New Podcast

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The RPA Podcast

The Rural Payments Agency has launched its first ever podcast! We will be publishing a series of podcasts throughout 2022 to help farmers, landowners, and rural communities keep up-to-date with the latest news and announcements from RPA. The RPA Podcast …

Countryside Stewardship Scheme Now Open For Applications

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Countryside Stewardship applications will open on 8 February 2022. To make sure you have everything you need to make your application we have put together some useful information. You can read our Countryside Stewardship: How To Apply guide on GOV.UK …

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) supporting rural mental health

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We can all play a part in helping people whose mental health is at risk. The smallest act can go a long way. Here at the RPA we are taking this seriously and looking at what we can do to …

Key dates to look out for in 2022

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Key dates for 2022. An accessible HTML version is available at the GOV.UK link

Ahead of Countryside Stewardship 2022 applications opening next month, we’ve published the Key dates for 2022 document on GOV.UK. It shows you important dates in 2022 for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES), so you …

The Rural Payment Agency looks back on 2021

Rural landscape with fields, woodland and river

While I’ve been working at the RPA for 10 years this month, I continue to be surprised and proud at the breadth of services we provide agricultural and rural communities. I think January is a really important time to reflect …

A response to queries raised by facilitators on the 2022 round of Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund

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Grassland at Challacombe Farm on Dartmoor

As announced on 13 December 2021, the latest round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is now open for applications. Following this announcement, we have received queries from the facilitators of existing groups about how long they have to submit …