Cross compliance: guidance for 2014

This detailed guidance was withdrawn on 1 May 2015

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) replaced the Single Payment Scheme on 1 January 2015.

Anyone claiming payment for the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) - or certain rural development schemes - must follow this cross compliance guide for the whole of 2014.

The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014 complete edition

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The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014

The complete edition of the guide contains all the cross compliance rules. It includes new and updated rules for 2014.

The rules apply across your entire agricultural holding and to all farming activities. You must follow all the rules that are relevant to your business.

The guide also has the following appendices:

Important things to know for 2014

The ‘What’s new for 2014?’ section tells you what’s changed this year and highlights new rules for:

  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (SMR 4) – section C in particular
  • Soil Protection Review (GAEC 1) – Continuation sheet for 2014 (PDF, 45.7KB, 2 pages)
  • Increased inspections (SMR 4, SMR 7, GAEC 1)
  • TB Testing - if you’re a cattle keeper, TB surveillance and check tests must be carried out by the testing deadline. If you don’t, you won’t meet the cross compliance rules.

Other guidance

These documents give you more information which will help you meet the cross compliance rules:

You’ll know when to read them because they’re referred to in the main guide.

Get advice

For advice about how to meet the cross compliance rules on your farm, call the Farming Advice Service on 0845 345 1302 (9am and 5pm Monday to Friday).

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