OR3: Organic conversion – rotational land

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the the organic conversion (rotational land) option.

How much will be paid

£175 per hectare (ha) per year, for up to 2 years.

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole or part parcel


Only on:

  • land registered as ‘in conversion’ with a Defra-licensed organic control body
  • arable land, temporary grassland or on permanent grassland where cultivation is part of the conversion plan

Where this option cannot be used

  • on parcels that have previously been registered with an organic control body by the applicant
  • on parcels for which the applicant has previously received conversion aid

How this option will benefit the environment

Helps to convert land under conventional management to organic management.

If successful there will be an increase in the overall area of land registered and managed as organic.


  • follow the conversion plan agreed with an organic control body for the land and associated stock
  • comply with organic standards from the start of organic conversion to the end of the agreement
  • make sure that all land has completed conversion and is registered as ‘fully organic’ before the end of the agreement

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request, either:

  • a copy of the conversion plan agreed with the organic control body
  • a fully completed viability plan and evidence land is improved permanent grassland or rough grazing

Agreement holders who have undertaken a viability assessment with their application must start their organic conversion process and submit a copy of the conversion plan (agreed with the organic control body) if requested.

All agreement holders will need to supply a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option on their annual payment claim if requested.

RPA will not request the above information if you have already supplied it for a Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim.

The Organic management – rotational land option (OT3), should follow on from this option, when the organic conversion period is completed.

Other Countryside Stewardship options and supplements for rotational land and arable land may be used on the same land area, where eligibility rules allow.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.

Permanent ineligible features may be eligible as part of the option area if registered with a control body.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  2. First published.