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 in 2019. What you can apply for will depend on where you're based.
Organic Maintenance & Conversion Payments in:
- England - WINDOW NOW OPEN UNTIL 31 JULY 2019 (APPLICATION PACK MUST HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY 31 MAY)
- Scotland - WINDOW FOR 2019 NOW CLOSED
- Northern Ireland - NOW CLOSED -- WINDOW OPENS IN 2019
- Wales - NOW CLOSED -- WINDOW OPENS IN 2019
Basic Payment Scheme
The last 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:
"At the end of the day the Soil Association is the most-recognised organic certifier, world-wide, and its strict rules on animal welfare are important for our customers."
- Henry Rossiter, Estate Director, Belmont Estate Farm (in conversion)