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Environmental Stewardship

Confirm your business details in the Rural Payments service

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From July 2023, we will be asking businesses that have not confirmed or updated their business contact details in the Rural Payments service in the previous 365 days to confirm their business details before continuing to be able to use …

Join RPA at agricultural shows this Summer and Autumn

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RPA travels around the country throughout the year to attend a variety of agricultural shows. Our presence at these events allows us to have valuable face-to-face contact with a wide range of farmers, gaining their insight and feedback on existing …

Window opens for Countryside and Environmental Stewardship revenue claims

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You can now submit 2023 revenue claims for CS and ES agreements.  Starting from this year, we’ve made the way you submit your CS revenue claim online more straightforward. An annual declaration will be available in the Rural Payments service …

The RPA Podcast: Episode 5 Transcript

Executive Summary Interview with RPA Chief Executive Paul Caldwell Paul talks about his career in the Civil Service and his time as the RPA’s Chief Executive. Paul also discusses the successes and challenges of 2022, what’s coming up in 2023 …

Ensure your land mapping data is up-to-date ahead of scheme applications and claims

Farmers are being urged to ensure their land mapping data is up-to-date before making scheme applications and claims in 2023. RPA uses digital maps to record physical land parcel boundaries and land covers, and this data is key to the …

Opportunities for Stewardship agreement holders from 2023

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We wanted to help farmers understand the latest updates regarding their Stewardship agreements, so we are writing to all existing agreement holders to explain what the changes mean for them, and to outline some opportunities for 2023 and beyond. As …

Field Officers: Offering guidance and support to farmers

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With the introduction of a more supportive, partnership-based approach to site visits, moving away from the penalty-based system of inspections under the EU, to farmer-focused visits for schemes such as the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and Countryside Stewardship (CS), Field …

Top tips for farmers to prepare for a site visit

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  RPA’s Field Officers undertake more than 6,500 site visits each year, supporting the farming, food production and food trader sectors across England. In this blog we offer some advice to farmers on how they can best prepare for a …