19 June 2019
On Farming Today, the programme discussed the announcement from The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) that they will be paying over 22,500 farmers their overdue agri-environment scheme payments by the end of July, with some unpaid claims dating back to 2015. NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was interviewed welcoming the news, but stressed that the late payments were unacceptable and have caused serious issues for farm businesses. The announcement comes after the NFU has been lobbying government for the last 18 months to make these overdue payments.
18 June 2019
The Yorkshire Post and other regional newspapers have reported on farmers’ frustration over the lack of clarity on BPS payments for 2020. NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts is quoted saying that farmers need clarity so that they can make informed decisions about next year’s crops.
4 June 2019
In an episode of Farming Today (8 mins) the programme looked at whether agri-environment schemes which pay farmers to let hedges grow are helping wildlife. NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was interviewed discussing hedge trimming and the implications of having to trim hedges more often.
15 April 2019
NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was interviewed on BBC Countryfile last night as part of a feature looking at why there’s been a long delay in thousands of farmers getting their agri-environment payments. Mr Smith told reporter Tom Heap that “the Government must get these schemes back on track so when farmers enter contracts they’ll have confidence that they will be paid on time”. NFU member Rod Smith was also interviewed as part of the story.