Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Farmers issued reminder on greening rules

The hub will be based at the James Hutton Institute.
The hub will be based at the James Hutton Institute.

Farmers must ensure they adhere to greening rules under the new Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) to safeguard subsidy payments.

NFU Scotland has issued a reminder to producers that the new regime started on January 1, and as such any land that has been selected for us as an Ecological Focus Area (EFA), field margin or buffer strip must now be out of production.

Livestock must be kept off that land and no agricultural activity undertaken on it until December 31.

EFA fallow land needed to be taken out of production by Thursday of last week, and no livestock can be on it until after July 15.

In addition crops cannot be presented or be planted on EFA fallow land during this period, and maintenance activities such as weed control and drainage will be restricted.

Farmers are also reminded that temporary grass will not be eligible for use as EFA fallow if it was claimed for the fifth time as temporary grass on the 2015 Single Application Form.

The union’s combinable crops chairman Ian Sands urged farmers who have been badly affected by flooding to contact their local government office in writing within 15 days to seek relief from the greening and cross-compliance rules on the grounds of exceptional circumstances.

“In planning for the 2016 scheme and considering their options for EFA, farmers also need to remember that the equivalence scheme described in the Scottish Government guidance regarding crop diversification will not operate this year.”

Growers should also bear in mind the dangers of the catch crop/green cover options which require that such crops must be planted by October 1.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]