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Guide to Cross Compliance in England


Cross compliance’ is a set of rules which farmers must follow to get support payments like the Single Payment Scheme and certain Rural Development schemes.

The rules are made up of ‘Statutory Management Requirements’ (SMRs) and standards of ‘Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition’ (GAECs). They apply to all farming activities across your entire agricultural holding.

‘The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition’ contains all the new and updated rules you need to know for 2014. Read this guide carefully and make sure you follow the rules that apply to you and your farm.

The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.pdf
The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition
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Look out for the warning triangles and see if the rules apply to you. If they do, make sure you read, understand and act on them. It could save you money.

The ‘What’s new for 2014?’ section tells you what’s changed this year and highlights new rules for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (SMR 4) and the Soil Protection Review continuation sheet (see GAEC 1).

If you need advice about how to meet the cross compliance rules on your farm, you can call the Farming Advice Service between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0845 345 1302 or visit the website at www.defra.gov.uk/farming-advice.

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The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.doc
The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition
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Important things you need to know for 2014

In 2013, European Commission rules meant we had to increase the number of inspections we carried out due to the high levels of non-compliance with the record keeping rules under SMR 4 Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and GAEC 1 Soil Protection Review.

Have you made sure your Soil Protection Review is up to date? Do you know whether any of your land is in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone? You can check at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/nvzmaps or telephone the Environment Agency helpline on 03708 506 506. If it is, look at rule A1 in the SMR 4 page (and make sure you keep the correct records) and section C, relating to silage and slurry storage.

We also had to increase the number of inspections we carried out under SMR 7 Cattle identification and registration. Again, look at the warning triangles on the SMR 7 page and see if you can improve in these areas.

TB Testing

From 1 January 2014, if you are a cattle keeper you will be considered in breach of cross compliance rules (whether receiving an inspection or not) if TB surveillance and check tests set for your herd by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are not carried out by the testing deadline. For contact details of your local AHVLA Office use the postcode search tool on the AHVLA website: http://ahvla.defra.gov.uk/postcode/index.asp or call 02920 768 555.

Soil Protection Review

We are continuing with the current GAEC 1 Soil Protection Review arrangements for 2014. You should use the continuation sheet to do this. Or you can complete your Soil Protection Review online at: www.gov.uk/soil-protection-review.

Guidance on how to complete the Soil Protection Review continuation sheet is included in the updated GAEC 1 page of the cross compliance guide. You must keep the continuation sheet with your Soil Protection Review 2010.

spr1 - SPR Continuation sheet.pdf
Soil Protection Review (SPR)
continuation sheet

(PDF, 46KB)



For reference, here’s a list of all the cross compliance rules:
Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions
Soil Protection Review (SPR) (GAEC 1)
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (GAEC 5)
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) (GAEC 6)
Scheduled monuments (GAEC 7)
Public rights of way (GAEC 8)
Overgrazing and unsuitable supplementary feeding (GAEC 9)
Heather and grass burning (GAEC 10)
Control of weeds (GAEC 11)
Agricultural land which is not in agricultural production (GAEC 12)
Stone walls (GAEC 13)
Protection of hedgerows and watercourses (GAEC 14)
Hedgerows (GAEC 15)
Felling of trees (GAEC 16)
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) (GAEC 17)
Water abstraction (GAEC 18)
No spread zones (GAEC 19)
Groundwater(GAEC 20)
Statutory Management Requirements
Wild birds (SMR 1)
Sewage sludge (SMR 3)
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) (SMR 4)
Habitats and species (SMR 5)
Pig identification and registration (SMR 6)
Cattle identification and registration (SMR 7)
Sheep and goats identification (SMR 8)
Restrictions on the use of plant protection products (PPPs) (SMR 9)
Restrictions on the use of substances having hormonal or thyrostatic action and beta-agonists in farm animals (SMR 10)
Food and feed law (SMR 11)
Prevention and control of transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies (TSEs)
(SMR 12)
Control of foot and mouth disease, certain animal diseases and bluetongue (SMRs 13, 14, 15)
Welfare of calves (SMR 16)
Welfare of pigs (SMR 17)
Animal welfare (SMR 18)

The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.pdf The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.doc
The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.pdfThe Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition.doc

Page published: 20 December 2013

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