Farmers and crofters have been urged to prioritise filling out their Single Application Form (SAF) online before the May 15 deadline.
The plea from NFU Scotland (NFUS) came following the opening of the SAF application window yesterday.
The union said farmers should make filling out and submitting the SAF a priority, despite the other things occupying their minds such as Brexit uncertainty, spring work, lambing and calving.
It said the online application process had improved signficantly, however paper forms were still available for those who did not want to apply online.
“SAF forms are the most important forms that Scottish farmers fill out every year and I would encourage all members to begin working on their forms as soon as possible to ensure they meet the May 15 deadline,” said NFUS president, Andrew McCornick
“For the second year, paper forms will not be automatically sent out by post, with the Scottish Government continuing to encourage claimants to complete their SAF online.
“A change to online from paper application has real benefits for those who are able to, as it checks for errors throughout the process which allows speedier processing for this vital support. It’s worth the effort and you will get an acknowledgement of receipt at the time of submission.”
He said local area offices could offer support to those wanting to move from paper to online applications.
“The important thing is to take plenty of time and not leave it to the last minute,” added Mr McCornick.