Farming Advice Service

The Farming Advice Service (FAS) is a service funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help farms understand and meet the requirements of Cross Compliance, Greening (the Basic Payments Scheme) and the European Directives on both water protection and sustainable pesticide use.


Our helpline gives technical and business advice to farmers on:

  • cross compliance
  • ‘greening’
  • water use and quality
  • pesticide use, including Integrated Pest Management planning


Telephone: 03000 200 301 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm).

If a query cannot be answered on the spot a specialist adviser will ring back within 1 working day.


To see if there are FAS events planned near you visit Booking instructions are provided within the details of individual events.

Newsletters, guidance and technical articles

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Our role and priorities

We update the farming sector on EU and Defra policy, explaining not only the requirements under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other EU directives, national legislation and policies, but also their objectives and the actions which help meet compliance.

Our priorities are to give advice on:

We work with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, who offer industry-led advice on:

  • greening requirements
  • the Voluntary Initiative (on pesticides)
  • nutrient management (via Tried and Tested)
  • implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan

Who we are

FAS is a national network of qualified, independent advisers under contract to Defra. We provide free government advice confidentially to farmers and farming industry advisers.

We’re from agricultural consultancies and research organisations throughout England. FAS experts provide information through organised events such as farm walks, workshops and drop-in clinic and articles in the farming press.

Our advice is produced in collaboration with Defra policy officials and our activities are planned and executed in close liaison with industry stakeholders such as the National Farmers Union and the Country Land and Business Association.