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27 January 2016

King West

Cross Compliance 2016

Cross Compliance 2016 update from Henry Spencer

The 1st January 2016 marks the start of The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) year 2016 although I suspect there are still some people awaiting payment from the 2015 Scheme Year.

This date also requires claimants to start following the Cross Compliance 2016 Guide which you should have received by e mail over Christmas (if you have not received this you may wish to request a copy). This will not be sent out by hard copy in the post. It is important that you read this document and keep a colour photocopy to hand in case you have an RPA inspection.

I have set out below some key dates and requirements for the next 6 months which I trust you will find useful. I will write later in the year with an update of what is required for the second part of the year.

January 1st     Ensure rules in cross compliance 2016 guide are being followed. Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2016 year starts.

January 1st     You can apply organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on shallow or sandy soils from this date if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions for application of these manures. (SMR 1)

January 1st     Beginning of the year for assessing the annual amount of livestock manure applied to your land. (SMR 1)

January 16th     You can apply manufactured nitrogen fertilisers to grassland and tillage land from this date if conditions are suitable. (SMR 1)

February 1st     You can apply organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on all soil types from this date if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions for application of these manures. (SMR 1)

February 29th     End of the quantity restrictions for application of organic manures with a high readily available nitrogen content. (SMR 1)

March 1st     You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April. Fruit and nut trees in orchards, or trees acting as windbreaks in orchards, vineyards, hop yards or hop gardens are not included in the ban. (GAEC 7a and 7c)

March 31st     If you hold a water abstraction licence, expect to receive your annual bill (or first part charge if you hold a two-part tariff agreement) for the forthcoming financial year from 31 March. (GAEC 2)

April 1st     If you hold a winter or all year round water abstraction licence (authorising abstraction outside the period April to October), the Environment Agency will make actual abstraction return forms available to you from 1 April. You then have 28 days to send your readings to the Environment Agency. (GAEC 2)

April 30th     You must have recorded the number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on your farm during the previous calendar year and calculated the amount of nitrogen they produced. You must also record the number and type of livestock in a building or hard standing during the previous storage period. (SMR 1)

May 1st     You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and c)

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