8. Farm visits and inspections
A phased return to on-farm visits and site inspections will begin this week and will be based on business priority, starting with Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship inspections.
To work within the COVID-19 regulations, a revised approach to inspections will be taken, including the use of technology and remote inspections. Customers will be contacted before a visit to find out if there are any issues, including vulnerability, and social distancing rules will be followed at all times. Further advice and guidance is also available from Natural England and the Forestry Commission.
Information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses
Farmers, landowners and rural businesses should note that the BPS deadline for land change requests has been extended to midnight on 9 June 2020. Read more
Rural Payments Agency update includes information about Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and the Basic Payment Scheme. Read more