SFI 2023 - Bigger and more flexible!

Published: 19/07/2023 By Chris Powell


In June, we saw an unexpected U-turn on the government SFI scheme. Agents and farmers up and down the country are now better placed to understand the funding principles.  

“Pick n Mix” is what we are hearing now with a “bigger and more flexible” tagline, but does it deliver?

Chris Powell, Rural Partner in our Devizes has been advising clients on the changes.  “You won’t normally hear an agent praise the RPA, but the new SFI looks like it will work; it’s like a baby brother to the CSS mid-tier scheme. in the last 3 weeks, I have sat with several clients who are looking at new CSS mid-tiers or renewals and we have managed to put together a combination of the two schemes that are; easy to manage, complement their business and are financially rewarding.

“The majority of farmers will be able to achieve a base level of SFI built mostly on paperwork and compliance including options like IPM1 (integrated pest management plan), NUM1 (Nutrient management plan) and SAM1 (soil organic testing) before adding in further options such as SAM2 (Multi-species cover crops), AHL3 (Grassy field corners) and LIGL1 (manage grassland with low inputs). Even with the basic level options, there is potentially £2,500 per annum available."

Applications for the new SFI open in August this year after the CSS mid-tier deadline. Chris warns that “it is incredibly important that consideration is given to SFI when preparing CSS applications, as some options will be better for management in the SFI than CSS”

To ensure that you are taking full advantage of the SFI schemes, please contact Chris Powell on 01380 710536 , or contact a member of our Rural Grants team (below) in your nearest office.



Meet the Grants Team


Chris Powell


Rural Partner
Devizes

BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV


Department: Devizes Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional,
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, BPS, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Estate Management, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Promotions, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning

01380 710535
07375 370163
cpowell@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lester Williams


Partner, Auctioneer
Frome Market, Sherborne

MRICS FAAV


Department: Frome Market Rural and Agricultural, Sherborne Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01935 818513
07778 646031
lwilliams@symondsandsampson.co.uk

A-J Monro (Andrew)


Partner, Head of Professional Services
Wimborne

BSC(Hons) MRICS FAAV APAEWE

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Wimborne Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, AMC, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farm Finance, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves



01202 882103
07867 555838
amonro@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Jack Edwards


Partner
Salisbury

MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Salisbury Rural and Agricultural
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Planner, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01722 334323
07747 888385
jedwards@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Annabel Douglas


Rural Surveyor
Bridport

MSc MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Bridport Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, BPS, Compensation, Diversification, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Grass Keep, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks



01308 459564 adouglas@symondsandsampson.co.uk

George Whittaker


Senior Surveyor
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

AssocRICS FAAV MBIAC CEnv

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Dorchester Rural and Agricultural, Burraton Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, BPS, Contract Farming, Diversification, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Planner, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Telecoms, Valuations


01305 236578
gwhittaker@symondsandsampson.co.uk