NFU hits the road to bring BPS advice to farmers

Aerial view of countryside_18811Farmers can get up to speed with BPS 2017 when the NFU puts boots on the ground for a series of meetings with members.

Continuing with dates in the South East next week, the NFU’s BPS experts will be on-hand to update you on what's new and explain the changes, as the application window continues and the 15 May deadline begins to loom.

The team will talk through the BPS 2017 application process and also provide members with the latest news about remaining 2015 and 2016 payments.

Guy Smith_27780Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, said: “Although things are improving from a very bad start, we know that for most members the BPS experience has been less than smooth or easy. Our survey shows 10% still feel they have unresolved issues going back to 2015, while many more are thinking of using agents.

“Our aim with both our support and our lobbying is always to make BPS as farmer friendly as possible. I'd thoroughly recommend our roadshows as a way to boost a bit of BPS self-confidence and to hear what we've been doing as we continue into the 2017 application window.”

The NFU has lobbied for its members throughout the past year on a number of key asks for farmers. This has resulted in:

  • Speedier payments closer to the opening of the December 1st window
  • BPS 2016 statements being issued ahead of the payment window opening
  • Clearer and more frequent communication for farmers
  • Enhanced entitlement statements (now online).

The meetings...


Date     RegionMember registration details
Meeting details
Tue 14 FebNECall 01904 451550 or email bm9ydGguZWFzdEBuZnUub3JnLnVr  9am at Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, Kirkley, Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 0AQ 
NE7pm at Scotch Corner - Holiday Inn, A66, Scotch Corner, Darlington, DL10 6NR

Wed 15 FebNE8.30am at The Bridge, Walshford, Wetherby, LS22 5HS 
NE1pm at Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, YO18 8AA


Mon 6 MarEACall 01638 672100 or  email bWVldGluZ3NlYUBuZnUub3JnLnVr Barnham Broom Hotel, Honingham Road, Barnham Broom, Norwich NR9 4DD  – Barford Suite - 1.30pm for 2pm start

Tue 7 MarEACedars Hotel, Needham Road, Stowmarket IP14 2AJ  – Gainsborough Suite – 9.30am for 10am start
EANFU Regional Office, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket CB8 7SN  – 1.30pm for 2pm start
EAWrittle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR  – Northumberland Lecture Theatre - 7pm for 7.30pm start 

Wed 8 MarEAAbbots Ripton Village Hall, The Green, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon – 9.30am for 10am start 
EAThe Farmschool, Annables Farm, Annables Lane, Harpenden AL5 3PR – 2pm for 2.30pm


Thu 9 MarWMCall 01952 400500 or email d2VzdC5taWRsYW5kc0BuZnUub3JnLnVr

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG - 2-4pm

WMOrchard Room, The Pear Tree Country Hotel, Worcester, WR3 8SY - 7-9pm
Tue 14 MarWM

The Greenhous West Mids Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PF - 2pm to 4pm

Room: President’s Pavilion

WMYFC Centre, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD - 7.30pm

Wed 15 MarEMCall 01572 824250 or email ZWFzdC5taWRsYW5kc0BuZnUub3JnLnVrToft Country House Hotel, Bourne, PE10 0JT - 8.00am start
EMEpic Centre Lincolnshire Showground  - 12:30pm start
EMBakewell ABC – 7.30pm start

Thu 16 MarEMNewark Showground – 8.15am for 8.30am start
EMKilworth Springs Golf Club – 7.00pm for 7.30pm start


Tue 21 MarSWCall 01392 440700 or email c291dGgud2VzdEBuZnUub3JnLnVr9am-11am Lifton Farm Shop, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0DE
SW12.30noon-2pm New Agriculture House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, TA1 2FU
SW7.30pm-9.30pm Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PY

Wed 22 MarSW12noon-2pm The Bear Hotel, Wiltshire, Devizes, SN10 1HS
SW6pm-8pm Gloucestershire


Wed 26 AprilSECall 01730 711950 or email c291dGguZWFzdEBuZnUub3JnLnVr10:30 – 12:30  Amos Hall, Ashford Market, Monument Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB 
SE3:00 – 5:00  Kleinwort Farmers’ Room, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Sussex, West Sussex RH17 6TL

Thu 27 AprilSE10:30 – 12:30  Gilbert White Room, Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF
SE3:00- 5:00  Agriculture House, Oasis Park, Stanton Harcourt Road, Eynsham, OX29 4TP 

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