Welcome to the Rural Payments Agency
The Rural Payments Agency’s work helps the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to encourage a thriving farming and food sector and strong rural communities.
RPA makes Common Agricultural Policy support payments, traces livestock and carries out inspections. We manage over 40 schemes, paying farmers and traders more than £2 billion each year. To administer such a wide range of schemes and meet EU requirements we manage information on more than two million land parcels.
Three strategic priorities drive everything we do; customer service, effectiveness and efficiency. These priorities help us improve our performance in the most cost-effective way.
17 May 2013 we amended the rules for SMR4 Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs), GAEC 19 No spread zones and SMR 7 Cattle identification and registration. See the amended pages here. These pages supersede previous information.
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