Suggestions that other farm sectors should “carry the cost” of the cuts being made to the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) has been dismissed as “wholly unacceptable” by NFU Scotland’s director of policy, Jonnie Hall.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has called on the UK Government to give Scottish farmers and crofters compensation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Farm leaders yesterday called for certainty and clarity over the way in which industry will transition from the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) into post-Brexit policy.
A “screeching U-turn” on cuts to Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) payments hijacked a Holyrood debate on the future of rural policy yesterday.
The Scottish Government has confirmed further cuts to Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) payments for the next two years.
More than £39 million has been awarded to farmers and crofters to help fund environmentally-friendly land management projects.
Scottish farmers and crofters are to receive their share of £5.7 million in reimbursement payments from the European Commission.
The eagerly awaited review of farm subsidy budget allocations will not apply to the current round of Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) funding, Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed.
Scottish farmers’ long-standing hopes of getting their share of £160million of EU funds appear to have been dashed by Defra and the UK Treasury.
A new funding round for the Agri-Environmental Climate Scheme (AECS) will open in January.
NFU Scotland (NFUS) has called on the Scottish Government to pull out all the stops to ensure all outstanding 2017 farm subsidy payments are made as soon as possible.
The Scottish Government has failed to confirm whether applications for its New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme will be accepted after its final deadline on Friday.
Almost 500 farm businesses are still waiting to receive Basic Payment Scheme monies for 2016-17.
The Scottish Government has launched a national loan scheme to administer farm subsidy support from early October.
Farmers and crofters have been urged to share their views on the future of agricultural support.
Future farm payments should be used to encourage arable farmers to diversify into horticulture in a bid to reduce trade deficits and encourage healthier eating, claims an expert in rural policy.
Crofters and farmers are being urged to prioritise their 2018 Single Application Forms (SAF) forms before the May 15 deadline.
Farmers and crofters have 15 days left to apply for subsidy support through the 2017 BPS loan scheme.
Farm subsidy payment loans totalling £254million will start to arrive in bank accounts this week, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.
The exchange rate being used to calculate 2017 direct farm payments has increased by around 5% on last year.
Subsidy support for farmers and crofters will continue for the foreseeable future, Defra Secretary Michael Gove confirmed yesterday.
Scottish farmers and crofters will be offered another loan for Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) payments in the coming weeks, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has revealed.
Farmers will have to earn subsidies after Brexit by agreeing to protect the environment, Michael Gove has said.
Scottish Government has failed to meet an EU deadline to pay the majority of farm subsidy payments by the end of June.
Scottish farmers and crofters are not at threat of a reduction in farm subsidy support following Brexit.
The Scottish Government is facing mounting pressure to publish an internal report into its troubled farm payments IT system.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing yesterday said the UK Government's failure to deliver Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) convergence uplift monies was costing Scottish hill farmers up to £14,000 each over a six-year period.
Scottish Government has urged farmers and crofters not to leave Single Application Form (SAF) submission until the last minute.
Farmers and crofters have been urged to make completing and submitting their farm subsidy application forms a priority.
The Scottish Government has opened the application window for this year's Single Application Form (SAF).
The rug of farm subsidies cannot be pulled from under the feet of UK farmers post-Brexit because the British industry is simply too reliant on support, a House of Lords inquiry has been told.
A Sutherland crofter has accused the government of leaving producers in the dark about how their subsidy payment allocation has been calculated.