Sustainable Farming Incentive guidance

What farmers need to know to get paid under the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and how to apply for this funding.

This page is about the main Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme. If you’ve got an SFI pilot agreement, read the SFI pilot guidance.

Full Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme information for the SFI 2023 offer

This information explains everything farmers need to know about the SFI 2023 offer. You can read an accessible version of this information in the individual webpages which are listed below.

Find out what's available in SFI

Details of the SFI actions in the SFI 2023 offer

Applying for an SFI agreement

Eligible land for an SFI agreement

About SFI agreements and payments

Further information to help you

Guidance for existing SFI 2022 standards agreement holders

SFI annual health and welfare review of livestock

Contact the Rural Payments Agency about SFI

How to contact the RPA if you have a query about the Sustainable Farming Incentive.

Published 30 March 2022
Last updated 8 December 2023 + show all updates
  1. Reminder to submit SFI23 applications by 31 December

  2. Removed reference to expression of interest (EOI).

  3. SFI Register your interest form link added

  4. SFI main page updated to include information about RPA contacting eligible farmers and land managers to express an interest in applying for SFI early.

  5. Published getting paid for your SFI agreement

  6. Detailed guides for SFI 2023 - the separate sections the SFI 2023 handbook - added to the collection page.

  7. Page and content updated for SFI 2023.

  8. Added call to action box for SFI pilot participants

  9. Added link on how to apply online for an SFI standards agreement.

  10. Added terms and conditions, how to guidance and contact information.

  11. First published.