RPA announces changes to 2016 greening rules
The RPA has issued new guidance on the 2016 greening rules to help farmers make their greening calculations.
The Rural Payments Agency has announced changes to greening rules for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England.
The key changes to the greening rules are:
- Oilseed radish can now count (as part of a mix) as an EFA catch and/or cover crop.
- Some EFA features can now be up to 5 metres away from arable land, rather than immediately next to it.
The agency has issued updated guidance to help farmers make their ‘greening’ calculations for the 2016 scheme. It said farmers should do their greening calculations each year.
The European Commission will finalise all the rules and this guidance for the next BPS in February 2016
Farmers affected by greening:
- Farmers with 10 or more hectares of arable land need to follow the crop diversification greening rule.
- Farmers with more than 15 hectares of arable land must also follow the EFA greening rule.
- Farmers with less than 10 hectares of arable land do not need to do anything differently – they automatically meet the crop diversification and EFA rules.
- Farmers who apply to the Basic Payment Scheme with permanent grassland must follow the permanent grassland greening rule.