Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On-Farm Workshops to Explain New SPS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On-Farm Workshops to Explain New SPS

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Farmers wanting to know more about cross-compliance and the requirements of the Single Payment Scheme are invited to attend farm workshops being held throughout the region this month and next.

The Arable Group, together with LEAF, have organised 12 on-farm workshops for farmers in the North-East during February and March, which are being funded by Defra under the Farm Demonstration Activity Programme.

They are designed to help farmers in the light of CAP reform, which will see support switched to the Single Payment Scheme (SPS).

The first six workshops during February will cover cross-compliance and the requirements of the Single Payment Scheme, and aim to give farmers a practical understanding of how to meet the new requirements on their own farms.

The next six workshops, in March, will explain the proposed Entry Level Stewardship Scheme in detail, with the management options within the scheme described and demonstrated on the host farms. The application process will be covered during the workshop and it is hoped that by the end of the day farmers will be able select the most suitable management options for their own farms and complete the application process.

The cross-compliance workshops will take place at Alnwick on February 15, Belford on February 16, Sunderland on February 17, Seaton Burn on February 22, Bishop Auckland on February 23 and Middlesbrough on February 24.

Entry Level Scheme workshops will take place at Alnwick on March 9; Sunderland, March 10; Bishop Auckland on March 16; Middlesbrough on March 17; Belford on March 22; and Seaton Burn on March 23.

Places on these workshops are free, and course notes, coffee and lunch are provided. Also BASIS and NRoSO points are available to those attending.

Anyone wishing to attend should phone Jan Morgan at TAG on (01777) 719629 to book a place.

These 12 workshops are part of a wider range of workshops, hosted by Promar International, The Arable Group (TAG) and LEAF, and ADAS, which are taking place across Durham, Cleveland, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland over a six-week period on behalf of Defra and the Rural Development Service (RDS) in the region. …

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