If you claim the Basic Payment Scheme, Countryside Stewardship, or certain rural development schemes in 2015, you must follow these cross compliance rules (including new soil protection standards) for the whole of the year.
Depending on the type of business you have, you may not need to follow every rule. But if you don’t follow the rules properly, you could lose some (or all) of your money.
If you need help
The Farming Advice Service (FAS) is funded by Defra to provide free, confidential advice to farmers and farming industry advisers to help them understand and meet the cross compliance rules, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) ‘greening’ rules and, from 1 January 2015, water protection and the sustainable use of pesticides.
The Farming Advice Service also organises events.