Three-crop rule relaxed and support for farmers hit by recent flooding

Basic Payment Scheme – Three-Crop Rule Relaxed

The three-crop rule has finally been relaxed for farmers in England following months of lobbying by industry leaders. Thank you to them for all their efforts.
The rule is being relaxed for ALL farmers for 2020 – not just flood-hit growers unable to get crops in the ground.

Flooding – Farming Relief Recovery Fund – support for farmers affected by storms Ciara and Dennis

A further £6 million pot of funding will be provided through a further extension to the Farming Recovery Fund.
Support will be available for farmers in Shropshire, Staffordshire, east and north Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire.

More information on the application dates for the extended Farming Recovery Fund will be released in due course, which will include details on how to apply and guidance on eligibility within affected counties.
The Farming Recovery Fund handbook has more detail for those eligible under previous funding rounds.

Farmers who have been affected by recent flooding and who have already repaired damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos, in order to help the RPA process eligible applications promptly.