CAP Reform and Crop Policy Team
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Edinburgh EH11 3XD
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The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been one of the most important decisions for Scotland’s agricultural industry in recent years. Now that Europe has reached a  deal we know the shape of the support system until 2020 and can plan for the future.

The Scottish Government lobbied hard to ensure Scotland's diverse farming needs were well represented in the reformed policy and we were involved in helping to shape solutions which will deliver for Scotland’s farmers.

Work is continuing on the fine detail of the system - which provides agricultural support and programmes throughout the EU.

The latest information relating to CAP reform in Scotland can be found on these pages. Other ways to keep up to speed are by signing up for the rural newsletter, reading the blog or following @GreenerScotland on Twitter.

What's new

CAP timetable outlined - 5 March 2014

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has today set out his plan for the coming months and the next steps in the process.



You can still use the ready reckoner to check potential impacts of key aspects of the reforms on future direct payments.


The Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP 2014-2020) Stage Two: Final Proposals has been published on the Consultations page. A summary document is also available.