Latest CAP leaflet includes important details on active farmer rule

Key information about active farmer rules and land uses and features included in new CAP Countdown leaflet.

Farmers in England with at least 36 hectares of eligible land will qualify as an active farmer under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

This simplified version of the rule are included within the latest CAP Countdown leaflet,  published on GOV.UK on 19th December.

This leaflet also includes key information on what land uses and features are eligible for BPS. It confirms the activities which do not affect BPS payments, such as bird watching and nature/farm visits by schools.

It also lists uses and events which will not affect payment if they do not last more than 28 days in one calendar year. This includes clay shooting, country fairs and car boot sales.

The leaflet is part of a drive by Defra, working with the RPA, Natural England, Forestry Commission and the Rural Development Team to ensure people know how the information affects them and what they need to do.

It also includes Countryside Stewardship information which has previously only been available electronically.