Given the current economic conditions for Scottish agriculture, there is mounting pressure on the Scottish Government to make the new Basic Payment Scheme payments at the usual time of December.
There has been concern that the complexities of the new system would seriously delay support payments which will only exacerbate the cash flow difficulties experienced by many farming businesses. Although claims may not be fully processed, there is a possibility that the Scottish Government may make an interim payment time will tell!
There are also calls for the 'Greening' rules in Scotland to be made simpler for 2016 and beyond and farming businesses are looking to Government to help where they can to avoid what has been seen as 'Gold Plating' of the rules in Scotland. Richard Lochead, the Rural affairs minister must deliver on these issues or his coat may be on a "shoogly peg" in the run up to next year's Scottish Election.
Other Subsidy Schemes
With the Scottish Uplands Sheep Support Scheme just closed there is still the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (Mainland & Islands) open for home bred 75% beef calves born on farms and living for at least 30 days. You can claim on dead calves and calves that have been sold as long as they lived for this minimum 30 days.
Watch this space for details of the Beef Efficiency Scheme which is due to launch later in 2015.
New Entrants & Small Farm Schemes are now open again for 2016 with applications having to be submitted by 30th April. Money has been set aside for new entrants so try and maximise it.
Agri-environment no word as yet as to likely closing date but likely to be early spring so best to plan now and identify habitats before the frost and snow prevents you doing so.
All these schemes are particularly complex in nature and require input from many sources not least the farm adviser. At CKD Galbraith we have many experienced personnel to deal with all Government based support funding.
For advice and support get in contact with Colin Stewart or Ian Hope