A £6 million fund to support farmers seriously affected by February’s floods has opened for applications. Eligible farmers and landowners in parts of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and North and East Yorkshire can apply for between £500 and £25,000 under the Farming Recovery Fund to support their recovery efforts. Farmers can use the grant to pay for uninsurable damage caused by the flooding. This could include removing debris or re-cultivation of grassland or arable land.
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has introduced a simplified online portal for the latest round of applications to make it easier for farmers to apply. Chief Executive of the RPA Paul Caldwell said: ‘We know the flooding in February had a devastating impact on farming communities across the North and Midlands. ‘Our new online portal will make it easier for farmers and landowners to submit an application and we’ve also given farmers an extra month this year to apply for their BPS payment.’ The deadline for applications is 1 September 2020
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