Farmers and land managers must follow these cross compliance rules from 1 January 2020 if they claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2020.
The Guide to cross compliance in England 2020 has been published.
What’s new in 2020
There are no confirmed changes to the cross compliance rules in 2020.
The rules set out in this guidance apply for the whole of 2020. Therefore, you must meet the rules throughout the year.
The Farming Advice Service – 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 requirements for cross compliance, ‘greening’, water protection and the sustainable use of pesticides.
Call them on 03000 200 301 or search online for more information about the Farming Advice Service.
Inspections and calculating penalties
For detailed information about inspections and penalties, read the Inspections and the Penalties sections in the ‘Guide to cross compliance in England 2020’ above.
The video below gives an overview of what an inspector looks for during a cross compliance inspection.
If you’re inspected and the inspector finds something wrong, they use a set of standards called ‘verifiable standards’ to assess how serious the non-compliance is. This is based on the extent of the non-compliance and how severe and permanent it is.
RPA then uses a guide to work out the penalty that is to be applied.
They also use a calculator to work out how severe a non-compliance is for cattle identification and registration for SMR 7.
When these documents are available for 2020 we’ll add an email link here which you can use to get a copy.
Helpline 03000 200 301