The new Cross Compliance year started on 1st January. Cross Compliance is made up of Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and standards for Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions of land (GAECs) which farmers and land managers must adhere to on their holding if they are claiming for the Basic Payment Scheme or the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Environmental Stewardship or parts of the English Woodland Grant Scheme.
The RPA has published the 2017 edition of the Guide to Cross Compliance in England, there is only one change to the rules for this year. This is to GAEC 1, which sees the introduction of 2m buffer strips next to watercourses in all fields not just those over 2ha in size. The guide is only available online this year and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cross-compliance-2017. The site also includes a video, giving an over-view of what claimants can expect if they are inspected. See Key Dates below for Cross Compliance rule reminders throughout the year.