Farmers are being offered additional time to complete their Countryside Stewardship 2024 applications, as long as they were commenced by 15 September.
For farmers who have started their application, Defra said today that the Rural Payments Agency would “support them to ensure they have sufficient time to complete these”.
The application window for 2024 CS Mid Tier agreements was extended last month, by four weeks to 15 September.
Last month, Defra said there had been ‘some technical issues’ experienced by a small number of farmers when submitting their applications.
Since the deadline was extended, over 600 further applications have been received, bringing the total number of CS 2024 applications to 6,000, according to Defra.