Farmers and landowners must follow cross compliance rules if they claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2016.
There are three significant changes to BPS 2016 cross compliance rules in England since last year’s guide:
Cattle keepers must still record in their holding register the dam’s ear tag number for animals born on their holding.
However, they no longer need to record the dam’s ear tag number for animals arriving on their holding.
This changed on April 6 2015 and is now updated in this guide.
RPA has clarified that not only fruit or nut trees in orchards, but also other trees acting as windbreaks in an orchard, vineyard, hop yard or hop garden are exempt from the March 1 to August 31 cutting and trimming rules.
This applies from January 1 2016.
From January 1 2017, land parcels of two hectares or less next to watercourses will have to comply with the need to protect watercourses against pollution and run-off from agricultural sources, by maintaining buffer strips.
Therefore, for all land within 2 metres of the centre of a watercourse or field ditch or 1 metre on the landward side of the top of the bank from the edge of the watercourse or field ditch both of the following apply:
This change doesn’t apply to GAEC 7a.
The key dates outlining what claimants should (and should not) do throughout the year to meet the cross compliance rules are listed here
More information on all cross compliance rules for BPS 2016 in England can be found here
Details of exemptions from cross compliance rules are outlined here