The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is the biggest of the rural grants and payments that provide help to the farming industry. Farmers apply once a year - between March and May - and payments begin in December.
Read this collection to find out more about the scheme.
Who’s it for?
Farmers with at least 5 hectares of agricultural land and 5 ‘entitlements’ can apply. Some businesses are not allowed to claim if they carry out certain business activities.
What do I need to do?
There are some rules about what you can and cannot do with your land if you claim BPS.
If you’re an arable farmer you might need to grow 3 different crops and use 5% of your land to do specific things that are good for the environment. Farmers will need to make decisions about what to do with their land so that they can follow the rules.