Common Agricultural Policy

The shape of the Common Agricultural Policy in Europe was agreed at the end of June 2013. We welcome the explicit legal article that supports organic farming (Article 29) in the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) regulation. Previously, organic farming has only been included as one element in agri-environment schemes.

This was one of the few good outcomes in a deal that has otherwise done little to achieve a greener and fairer future for EU agriculture. The new shape of CAP for 2014-2020 also specifically supports organic farming in Pillar I, recognising it as ‘green by definition,’ and being able to deliver many important benefits.

The UK and devolved Governments have now agreed with the EU how they will implement CAP reform. There are some significant differences between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our guides explain how the schemes will operate in each country. The Soil Association will continue to press Defra and the devolved nations to ensure that the new funding schemes provide a good deal for organic farmers in recognition of the high level of environmental and other services the system delivers.

Further information for farmers and growers

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) replaces the Single Payment Scheme. Find out what it means for you by using our guides below:

Organic maintenance & conversion - payment rates have improved both in England and Wales. Find out more below:

The Rural Development Programme for England: 2015-2020: New funding opportunities for farmers. Find out more below:

Thinking of going organic?

Going organic makes good business and environmental sense:

  • Demand for organic is growing - as revealed in our 2015 Organic Market Report
  • You are farming for a sustainable future
  • The new CAP payments offer good financial opportunities for organic farmers

We help you go organic and sell organic - find out more here

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