There remains a level of uncertainty in the Government's plans for implementing the Common Agricultural Policy reforms in Scotland and despite recent publication of greening proposals there are many issues yet to be clarified.
However, this should not stop farmers from planning ahead for the next Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) claim to be made in May 2015. CKD Galbraith understands that IACS claims are far from a straightforward matter so offer a few suggestions on what action can be taken now:
- Do not second guess what will be eligible as Ecological Focus areas (EFA).
- Arable Farmers should consider their EFA calculations now.
- Familiarise yourself with current greening proposals.
- Consider possible cash flow challenges, especially delays to support payments claims expected in December 2015.
- Land sales and changes to tenancy agreements consider what land will be available and at your disposal to claim on in May 2015.
Gordon McConachie, Senior Agri-Business Adviser with CKD Galbraith has considerable experience in advising farmers planning ahead for and submitting their IACS claims.
"We suggest that farm businesses should sit tight until more concrete guidance is made public from the Scottish Government otherwise they run the risk of making a decision that ends up costing them dearly.
"Any forward planning should be done with an element of caution with an eye on the evolving situation".
CKD Galbraith advises farm businesses and undertake IACS submissions for existing management clients and can offer a bespoke service to new clients in light of the upcoming reforms.