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Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Act 2020

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The Young Farmers’ Scheme

21.The Young Farmer scheme is designed to encourage generational renewal and attract new entrants to the industry. Under the scheme, young farmers, who must also be newcomers to the industry or have set up their farms in the previous five years, can apply for an extra payment on top of their BPS payment for the first five years of their business.

22.It is mandatory for Member States to apply this scheme and to use up to 2% of their national budget allocation to fund the payments.

23.In Scotland, the young farmer payment is worth up to 25% of the average value of the payment entitlements held by the young farmers, multiplied by the number of entitlements they use to claim BPS (up to a maximum of 90). The exact percentage, however, will depend on how many farmers apply each year.

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