Based on over 40 years’ experience in dealing with agricultural policy and rural development matters, The Andersons Centre is uniquely positioned to assist clients in ensuring that they maximise the opportunities arising from support schemes and grant funding. At the same time, we ensure that clients’ operations and practices are optimised whilst adhering to the latest regulatory requirements. We also inform clients of upcoming changes and how to prepare for them.
At The Andersons Centre, our consultants have been assisting clients with their annual support scheme applications since the introduction of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) in 1992. Our consultants undertake regular training events to keep them up-to-date with the latest policy and legislation changes. They understand the scheme rules and can advise clients on the best options to satisfy their greening requirements. Our consultants are proficient in using the on-line Rural Payments Service to make applications. We work closely with our clients to submit a complete Basic Payment Scheme application online, on-time and stress free. In addition, we can manage any ongoing or historic issues.
Countryside Stewardship and Glastir are the flagship agri-environmental schemes in England and Wales respectively; both include woodland elements. At The Andersons Centre, our consultants understand the scheme requirements and will use their experience to work with clients and (Natural England) to build-up an application which is both beneficial to the client and the natural environment.
In addition to the agri-environmental schemes, there are a number of schemes available which offer grants to increase the efficiency of the farming and forestry sectors, funds to support projects to grow the rural economy and funding through LEADER for local rural community groups to provide grants for schemes which will improve the local economy. For those considering a project, our consultants can offer clients advice as to whether there is funding available and are experienced in drawing applications for the schemes.
In 2015, 29.4% of all cross compliance failures were due to a breach in Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations, resulting in Basic Payment Scheme penalties. The NVZ regulations can be complicated. The Andersons Centre’s NVZ Manager takes away the stress and helps to avoid any cross compliance breaches from NVZs by ensuring that records conform to the latest requirements. The NVZ Manager uses the industry-renowned PLANET software. An NVZ Manager client receives:
- Slurry Storage Requirements
- Livestock Loading Calculations
- Import and Export of Organic Manure Calculations
- N Max Calculations
- N Plans
- Risk Maps
- Field Records
- Derogation Applications