- On-farm regulation continues
- Basic payment scheme provides opportunities for growers
- Continuing focus on diffuse pollution risks
- Management of phosphate will lead to new measures.
The government is committed to reducing regulation, but restrictions on land management continue unabatted. Growers must keep up to date with a regularly changing landscape.
The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is now widely understood, but growers now have the opportunity to choose the way they comply with requirements such as the three crop rule and Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). Many growers have kept it very simple so far as a strategy to avoid deductions, for example using beans as both their third crop and 5% ecological focus area. We are working with farmers to look at how a wider range of the available options might be used to comply with the BPS.
The Countryside Stewardship scheme (CSS) is an integrated scheme that makes a range of multi-year and capital grants available. Each of these are intended to address varying environmental issues across a variety of farm and land types. The scheme is open to all eligible farmers and land managers and compared to previous schemes, CSS offers a much wider range of options. For example, it includes management of diffuse pollution of water that was previously addressed under Catchment Sensitive Farming.
The National Pollinator Strategy for bees and other pollinators is very important and has direct implications for the use of crop protection products and land management. The moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides has increased the risk of growing oilseed rape, but currently less obvious is the risk of any new regulations on future options for control of insect pests.
There is a continuing focus on diffuse pollution from agriculture with the Water Framework Directive. The risk is being modelled and the classification will undoubtedly affect future management of high risk land. In the same way as NVZs have been used to reduce nitrogen levels in surface water, we believe it is likely that future measures will be introduced to manage phosphate, which will affect soil management and the application of manures.
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