If you are an agent providing advice on Environmental Stewardship to farmers and land managers this page will give you quick access to the parts of our website that are most relevant to you.
Land transfers in 2013 and 2014. This information note: (18kb) sets out how Natural England are processing land transfer amendments for 2013 and 2014.
ELS closed for new 2013 applications on 1 September 2013. The scheme will only be open for specific applications in 2014. Please see the Transition page for more details.
Defra guide to inspections: information about how, when and why government officials might inspect a farm.
Webinar recording: watch and listen to the latest information on CAP 2014 and Transition, recorded on 8 August 2013.
The third edition of the Scheme Development Bulletin (August 2013): (272kb) is now available.
Information on Permanent Ineligible Features (PIFs): (25kb) in regards to the Single Payment Scheme and Environmental Stewardship.
Update on Transition to the next Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 (July 2013)
HLS refocusing guidance (May 2013): (182kb): The guidance for advisers and agents on the prioritisation of options within HLS has been updated. The main changes relate to the ELS, farmland butterfly and historic environment sections.
We would just like to confirm that contrary to the wording stated in the 4th edition handbook, the only method for FEP Surveyors to initiate the Historic Environment Record (HER) FEP Consultation is by using the HER Standard letter and submitting the request to the HER in writing.
Choosing your ELS options - choose the right Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) options for your clients and put them in the best places to achieve the greatest benefits for their land and coincide with our priority areas.
Common Land and Shared Grazing is a supplement to the Environmental Stewardship handbooks. It gives detailed advice and the requirements on how to apply for Entry Level Stewardship (including Uplands ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship, on common land and shared grazing.
Key messages - useful summaries of all our schemes to help your clients.
ELS online - a quick and easy way of applying for Entry Level Stewardship or Uplands Entry Level Stewardship on your computer. This is a secure process that you can use to submit applications on behalf of your clients.
Register of agents - provides farmers and land managers with details of agents operating in their area. The register also allows us to keep you up to date, and to provide you with details of farmers and land managers who may need assistance with their Farm Environment Plans
Training events for agents - to keep agents up to date with advice
Agent authorisation and forms - To enable you to act on their behalf, including at FEP pipeline clinics, your client will need to sign an agent authorisation form.
Online services for farmers
GOV.UK now provides access to services such as RPA Online, ELS Online and Defra Farm Surveys and Assessments.
Campaign for the Farmed Environment
The Campaign for the Farmed Environment is seeking to increase the uptake of ELS and is encouraging farmers to choose the priority options. Visit the Campaign's website.
Each year over 100,000 farmers apply to the Rural Payments Agency for the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). SPS Online is the new electronic service that makes the application process quicker and easier.