Dates – December 2017

Below are some key dates according to the Farming Advice Service (FAS). This is to help farmers stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England.

FAS provides free, confidential advice on cross compliance and the greening requirements, some aspects of the Water Framework Directive (including silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil (SSAFO) and waste exemptions) and the Sustainable Use (of pesticides) Directive. To get in contact, please call 03000 200 301 (select the option for FAS), or email                                              

1 December You need to carry out your annual inventory of sheep and goats. (SMR* 8)
1 December Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payment window opens
31 December Official end of the BPS 2017 scheme year

*SMR = Statutory Management Requirements

For more details on the information provided in the key dates table, please go to the relevant section of ‘The guide to cross compliance in England 2017’ and ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2017’.

Alternatively, you can contact the Madeleys team who will be glad to offer advice and help.