Payments for organic farmers - what are the latest opportunities?
In a period of substantial change for farming, it is encouraging to hear that support for organic will continue. What you can apply for will depend on where you're based:
- Scotland: Payment windows are now open until 31 March.
- Northern Ireland: Window for organic support payments expected to open in March.
- England: Farming minister, George Eustice, has confirmed that windows to apply for the five year schemes will be open for at least the next two years.
Read on below for details of the payments available in your country and how to apply:
Basic Payment Scheme
The next round of support payments for farmers was agreed in 2013 and will remain in force from 2016 - 2020. The new scheme involves greening requirements for the first time. Organic farmers are exempt from these requirements as they are deemed to be green already. Find out what the scheme means for you with our guides and direct links to official website:
Organic Maintenance & Conversion Payments
Payments for Organic maintenance & conversion are now options within the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) which started in January 2016 and has an annual application window which closes in September. Payment rates have improved both in England and Wales compared to the scheme which CSS replaces (OELS). Find out more:
LATEST NEWS: Please also click here for latest news on Countryside Stewardship
Additional Funding Programmes
In addition to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, there are a number of additional funding opportunities for farmers and growers: