Rural Payments

LATEST: Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) Handbook Published

The handbook sets out all the actions that DEFRA will pay for. There are 23 in all.

You can choose as many actions for your agreement as you like – they are no longer grouped into levels.

Tenant farmers do not need the permission of their landlord to apply, and those on a shorter, rolling tenancy are still eligible for an agreement.

Applications for the new offer open in August 2023.


Basic Payment Scheme

Basic Payment recipients can get free advice from organisations during the changes in farming, supported by the Farming Resilience Fund.

The BPS Team at the NFU regularly updates their BPS page with links to rates, structures and deadlines. Click here.


George Stephens Trust Fund – The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund are keen to promote the George Stephens Trust Fund. Aimed at farmworkers (note; not contractors), grants of up to £600 are paid out in hardship cases, click here to find out more.


Funding for farmers in protected landscapes

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It will offer funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. Click here to find out more.


Be wary of Rural Payment fraudsters

  • The RPA issued new guidance: “We do not send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information” – click here for further infromation.
  • HMRC – “Do not open attachments or click any links in an email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website” – click here to find out more.
  • If you suspect an attempted fraud or feel you’ve been the subject of fraud, you can contact: RPA’s Fraud Referral Team on 0800 347 347 or FraudInConfidence@rpa.gov.uk; Action Fraud (the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime) on 0300 123 2040

Catchment Sensitive Farming – Training, advice and grant support for farmers and land managers to reduce water and air pollution from agriculture, click here.


Make or update a rural payments claim, click here.

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