New Year, New Greening Rules!

There are some key changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which will take effect from the 1st January 2018, including: • Active Farmer – Member States have the option to drop the “active farmer” rule. DEFRA is considering this at the moment and this may take effect in England for BPS 2018 and should be […]

Cross Compliance: A Note for Livestock Farmers

Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory If you are a registered sheep and goat farmer you should receive your sheep and goat annual inventory forms in the post along with a pre-paid envelope or via email from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of November.  This must be completed and […]

We’re Still Failing at Cross Compliance!

This time last year I attended a seminar on cross compliance and I wrote my monthly tip titled ‘The Dreaded Inspections’.  One year on, I have received an update regarding cross compliance inspections.  So…are we getting any better with complying with the rules? It would appear, No! The main contenders continue to be, failure to […]

Hedge Cutting Derogations – Don’t Forget!

Don’t forget, if you are sowing Oil Seed Rape or Temporary Grass Leys in August then it is possible to apply for a derogation allowing you to trim or cut your hedgerows associated with those land parcels. If you do not apply for a derogation, then the GAEC 7 rules apply, being that you can’t […]