News & Events

Glysophate Renewed for 5 Years

Posted: December 5, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The European commission has voted to renew its approval for glyphosate herbicide for an additional five years. The decision ends months of deadlock with 18 member states voting in favour, nine against and one abstaining. Glyphosate, originally developed by Monsanto as the active ingredient in Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide and has been used ... Continue Reading

Team Offers Clients Advice on BPS Payments

Posted: December 4, 2017 by Karen Kipling
December 2017 will be a busy month for the recently established Farm Business team of GSC Grays, as they help both existing and new clients understand whether they have received the correct money from their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Application. The new team, headed by Robert Sullivan, is looking to actively help clients across ... Continue Reading

On Farm Storage Infrastructure – Are You Up To Spec?

Posted: November 20, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The nature of farming often requires substantial amounts of bulk crops and stocks to be stored at any one time. In isolation these substances may not be hazardous, however, when allowed to contaminate or mix with other substances, they can cause significant harm to the environment. In this instance, I refer specifically to slurry and ... Continue Reading

Basic Payment Scheme 2017 – Update

Posted: November 16, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The Rural Payments Agency has today (15th November 2017) published on their website “An update on the Basic Payment scheme” – see the link below: The main area of interest is confirmation of both the Entitlement values and also Financial Discipline Mechanism reduction rate for payments over €2,000.  These are summarised below: Entitlement values and ... Continue Reading


Posted: November 13, 2017 by Karen Kipling
  1 December You need to carry out your annual inventory of sheep and goats. (SMR* 8) 1 December Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payment window opens 31 December Official end of the BPS 2017 scheme year *SMR = Statutory Management Requirements   For more detail on the information provided in the key dates table, ... Continue Reading

Degree Success

Posted: by Karen Kipling
Two members of our Professional Services team, Alexander Morrison and Samantha Howe, have recently achieved great success in passing their BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management from the College of Estate Management.  Samantha joined GSC Grays in 2012 and is currently based in our Barnard Castle office, where she principally assists on Planning & Development ... Continue Reading

Greening Changes to consider!

Posted: November 10, 2017 by Karen Kipling
GREENING CHANGES TO CONSIDER THAT WILL APPLY TO YOUR 2018 BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME APPLICATION (IN ENGLAND) Whilst most farmers will have now finished their winter crop establishment, it is hoped that a thought has been spared towards Greening commitments relating their 2018 BPS application. The first element, Crop Diversification or ‘the 3 crop rule’ as ... Continue Reading

£40 million fund announced to boost farm productivity

Posted: October 31, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Farmers will get a £40 million productivity boost as the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces the opening of a new grants scheme for investment in cutting edge technology and new equipment. Under the scheme, grants are available to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through investing in new technology, such as ... Continue Reading

Key Cross Compliance & Greening Dates for November

Posted: October 30, 2017 by Karen Kipling
1 November You can burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land, other than in upland areas, from this date. (GAEC* 6) 30 November If you have a two-part tariff agreement for your water abstraction licence, expect to receive your second part charge after 30 November. (GAEC 2) *GAEC = Good Agricultural and ... Continue Reading

Glyphosate Renewal Vote Ends In Stalemate, Again!

Posted: October 25, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The vote to decide whether to re-approve the use of Glyphosate for a further 10 years was again postponed by the EU Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) today, after an indicative vote showed that no qualified majority would be reached. The indicative results showed 47% for, 34% against, and 18% abstaining. ... Continue Reading