The Scottish Government has published a schedule of payments for the 2018 Common Agricultural Policy.
Under the plans, Pillar 1 payments will commence in March and will largely be completed by the end of June.
Pillar 2 payments will commence in April with the majority paid by the end of October.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I want to provide farmers, crofters and other rural businesses with as much clarity and certainty as possible.
“I am therefore confirming that we intend to keep to the proposed CAP payment timetable published in our stabilisation plan, which outlines when farmers and crofters can expect to receive their CAP entitlements.
“By doing this, we are offering clarity and certainty over when payments will be made, demonstrating stability in our payment system, while enabling farmers and crofters the opportunity to plan ahead accordingly.”
NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick said: “The Scottish Government’s loan scheme for BPS and Greening, as requested by NFU Scotland, injected more than £300 million into the rural economy in late autumn and early winter, helping to alleviate cash flow worries at that time.
“Confirmation that balance payments for Pillar 1 schemes will start in March, and payments for coupled support and LFASS starting a month later, will allow many businesses to now plan their cash flows on that basis.
“Any delay in the timetable with an important scheme like LFASS, would merit Scottish Government considering another loan scheme as a contingency, as it has previously.
“Successive loan schemes have been invaluable in addressing cash flow concerns but the continued need for loan schemes demonstrates that confidence in the SGRPID system to deliver prompt payments in the future is still an issue.”