Cross Compliance

The term Cross-Compliance refers to the requirement for farmers to comply with a set of Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and keep their land in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) in order to quality for full payments under the following schemes.

Schemes coming into effect from 2015 onwards

  • Basic Payment Scheme
  • Greening Payment
  • Young Farmers Payment
  • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme
  • Environmental Farming Scheme;
  • Forest Expansion Scheme;
  • Forest Protection Scheme
  • Woodland Investment Grant

Schemes that will continue in 2015 and beyond –

  • Organic Farming Scheme
  • NI Countryside Management Scheme
  • Woodland Grant Scheme (agreements signed on or after 1/1/07)
  • Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (agreements signed on or after 1/1/07
  • Sustainable Forest Operation Grant Scheme (agreements signed on or after 1/1/07).
The SMRs help to protect public, animal and plant health, environment and animal welfare. The GAEC standards cover the protection of water, minimum soil cover, soil erosion, maintenance of soil organic matter and the retention of landscape features.
Since the introduction of Cross-Compliance in 2005, a number of guidance documents have been produced each setting out the Cross-Compliance Verifiable Standards that applied at that point in time. To avoid any confusion these documents, which contain out-of-date information, have been removed from this site and replaced with the current Verifiable Standards. If you require copies of past Cross-Compliance guidance documentation please contact Ken Laverty at e-mail address or on telephone number 028 90525549.

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