Latest news about the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 scheme year.
The Greening rules
The European Commission have not yet confirmed the full set of BPS greening rules which will apply for the 2017 scheme year.
Although this means that Rural Payments Agency (RPA) can’t publish full greening guidance at the moment, they can confirm that:
- there will still be 3 greening rules in 2017 (Crop Diversification, Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) and Permanent Grassland)
- the spring/winter crops list will remain the same as in previous years of the scheme
Although there are no major changes planned, it’s not clear whether there will be any more minor changes. Full greening guidance will be included in the scheme rules when they are published in early in 2017.
For more information about the current greening rules, read pages 37 to 66 of the BPS 2016 scheme rules
European Commission review of greening
The commission has recently published its review of greening after one year.
RPA will update this page as more information about the BPS 2017 scheme year becomes available.
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