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On 1 January 2015 the Single Payment Scheme is replaced by the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

This will include new Greening measures which are worth 30% of the total payment.  Greening comprises:

  • Protection of permanent pasture – this will not affect the majority
  • Crop Diversification
  • Ecological Focus Areas – the requirement is 5% of your arable defined land

Exemptions for Greening are as follows:

  • If you are registered Organic
  • If more than 75% of your total eligible agricultural area is down to grass, temporary and permanent and the remaining arable area less than 30 hectares