Cross compliance is a set of rules which farmers and land managers must follow on their holding if they are claiming rural payments.

Cross compliance in England and Wales is made up of ‘Statutory Management Requirements’ (SMRs) and standards for ‘Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions’ (GAECs).

They cover the following areas and issues:

  • environment, climate change and good agricultural condition of land
    • water
    • soil and carbon stock
    • biodiversity
    • landscape, minimum level of maintenance
  • public, animal and plant health
    • food safety
    • identification and registration of animals
    • animal diseases
    • plant protection products
  • animal welfare

Key dates determine what you should (and should not) do throughout the year to meet the cross compliance rules.

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