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Single Farm Payments start in Scotland

05 December 2011

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said that 75% of Single Farm Payments will be made within 15 days of the opening of the payment window on 1st December. See the Scottish Government website for more details.

Simulated FMD outbreak in November to test Government's ability to respond

27 October 2010

A simulated FMD national scale outbreak is to be carried out on 9/10 November 2010 to test the Government's ability to respond to disease and identify improvements that could be made to processes and plans. Further information is available on the Animal Health website.

Sheep in Lanarkshire being tested as precaution

12 September 2007

It is understood that a sheep which was showing signs of ill health is being tested as a precautionary measure at the Lawrie and Symington run agricultural centre near Lanark. For further information regarding this, please see the BBC News website

Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study concludes scheme not to be pursued

18 October 2010

The UK Government has concluded that following the findings of the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study the scheme will not be pursued for the time being but may be looked at again in the future. The Feasibility Study is available on the DECC website. Welsh Environment Minister, Jane Davidson, has thanked all those involved with the study - please see the Welsh Assembly Government website for a news release.

Severn Estuary Shoreline Management Plan

28 May 2009

The Environment Agency have opened a consultation on a review of the Severn Estuary Shoreline Management Plan, details of which are available on the Environment Agency website.

Seventh FMD infected premises confirmed in Surrey

24 September 2007

Defra has confirmed that positive results for FMD have been received regarding a herd of cattle which were subject to slaughter on suspicion earlier today on a farm in Englefield Green near Egham, within the existing Egham Protection Zone. This means there have now been seven infected premises since the initial outbreak on 3rd August. There have been minor changes made to the Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone which can be viewed on Defra's website.


Sense About Science: Making Sense of GM

11 February 2009

The organisation Sense About Science have produced a booklet entitled "Making Sense of GM: What is the genetic modification of plants and why are scientists doing it?" . The publication is available to download from the Sense About Science website.

Secretary of State Michael Gove sets out his vision for a 'Green Brexit'

21 July 2017

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, sets out his vision for the delivery of a "Green Brexit" in a speech to WWF UK today. His speech is available on the GOV.UK website and lays out his ambition in terms of future agricultural policy and support payments following the UK's departure from the EU.

Second Bluetongue case confirmed in Suffolk

24 September 2007

6.45 p.m.: It has been reported on BBC News24 this evening (24th September) that a second case of Bluetongue has been confirmed on the same farm as the first case. Some 70 cattle on the farm have seemingly been tested. Defra has confirmed that "This is not sufficient evidence to confirm an outbreak of Bluetongue". For further information please see Defra's website.

Seasonal workers pilot opens

06 March 2019

The seasonal workers pilot has opened and will run until the end of December 2020, when it will be reviewed. Concordia and Pro-Force have been licensed to manage the pilot and will match suitable workers to UK farmers. The pilot will allow up to 2,500 seasonal workers to be employed by fruit and vegetable farmers for up to 6 months. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Scottish SAF Application Window Opens

15 March 2019

The Scottish Single Application Form (SAF) window has opened today. Further information about applying online can be found on the Rural Payments and Services website. The application submission deadline is 15th May 2019.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary resigns in Cabinet reshuffle

18 May 2016

The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has resigned from the Cabinet and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Fergus Ewing as Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Roseanna Cunningham as Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. . A full list of the new Scottish Cabinet can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish RP & S website - unavailable this weekend

31 May 2019

The Scottish Rural Payments and Services website will be unavailble from midnight on Friday 31st May to midnight on Sunday 2nd June to allow for routine maintenance.

Scottish National Student Award 2020

04 October 2019

The Scottish Land Commission is offering a £1,000 award to any student studying at a Scottish academic institution who undertakes a land reform related piece of research. The closing date for submissions is 24th January 2020 and details are available on the Scottish Land Commission website.

Scottish National Basic Payment Support Scheme 2019 Payments Underway

01 October 2019

Scottish Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 loan payments should begin to arrive in bank accounts from 4th October 2019, as confirmed in this Scottish Government news release. These National Basic Payment Support Scheme payments should be for 95% of the estimated BPS 2019 and greening payment value and will be issued to over 13,450 Scottish BPS claimants. Loan offer letters should have been received during September and it is still possible to accept a loan scheme offer. Further information is available on the Scottish Government's Rural Payments and Services website.

Scottish LFASS payments underway

08 April 2019

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments are underway. Around 11,000 eligible claimants should receive payment over the "coming weeks". Please see the Scottish Government website for further information.

Scottish Less Favoured Areas Loan Scheme Confirmed

06 February 2019

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has confirmed that nationally-funded loans of up to 90% of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2018 payment values are to be made available to eligible claimants, with payments starting April 2019. Loan offer letters should start to be sent from 1st March. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Government outline initiatives for agriculture

23 February 2009

The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs outlined a number of initiatives for Scottish agriculture during a speech to the Scottish NFU Conference, including:
    * Expanding the new entrants measure
    * A new agriculture subsidy appeals procedure
    * Five 'Climate Change Actions'
    * Creation of a pilot project to reduce red tape
    * Publication of research into pigmeat labelling
The full press release on the speech can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Government announces Farming Hardship Scheme

14 February 2016

Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has announced the provision of a Farming Hardship scheme to assist farmers and crofters with accessing loans whilst awaiting their BPS 2015 payment. Whilst speaking at the National Farmers Union of Scotland annual conference last week, he confirmed that over 7,300 BPS 2015 claimants had been paid (out of a total of over 18,000 claims). Details of the Farming Hardship scheme are awaited. Please see the Rural Payments and Services website for further information.

Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund Launched with Up To £1m Funding Available for 2019/20

15 February 2019

The first year of the Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)  has been launched, with up to £1 million of funding available for 2019/20. The funding is to support 'large-scale' projects to improve habitats, protect species and encourage increased access to nature. Scottish Natural Heritage is looking for 'innovative ideas' and has published a News Release around the launch of the fund. Further information about the BCF can be found on Scottish Natural Heritage's website.

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