Farmers must follow these rules if they apply for payments under the Basic Payment Scheme 2017.

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23 December 2016
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The vast majority of cross compliance rules continue to apply as notified in 2016. The following factsheets have been updated for 2017 to reflect changes in requirements and good practice:

  • GAEC 3: water (groundwater)
  • GAEC 6: soil and organic matter (maintenance)
  • GAEC 7: maintenance of landscape features
  • SMR 2: wild birds
  • SMR 8: sheep and goat identification
  • SMR 10: restrictions on the use of plant protection products
  • SMR 11: welfare standards for the protection of calves
  • SMR 12: welfare standards for the protection of pigs
  • SMR 13: welfare standards for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes

The verifiable standards for 2017 have also been updated to reflect the changes.

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