2018 BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME RULE CHANGES IN ENGLAND
The 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) guidance booklet for England was released on the 13th March. The following changes from the 2017 rules now apply:
- It is no longer possible to cultivate EFA fallow land unless it is under a specific requirement for a rural development grant scheme.
- Fallow land that is declared as fallow for five consecutive years will automatically convert to permanent grassland.
- The multiplier for EFA nitrogen fixing crops has been increased from 0.7 to 1.
- From 2018 a claimant who has more than 75% eligible agricultural land in permanent or temporary grassland, or more than 75% of the arable land in fallow or temporary grassland, will now be exempt from a greening requirement regardless of their remaining area of arable land.
- Spelt Wheat now has its own land use code.
- A ban is imposed on all plant protection products on Ecological Focus Areas (EFA).
- The EFA option for hedges has been extended to include trees in a line.
- EFA buffer strip options have been extended in definition to include field margins.
- EFA catchment crops must be maintained for a minimum of eight weeks starting on the 20th August 2018 and retained until at least the 14th October 2018.
- The definition of EFA nitrogen fixing crops has now been extended.
- There are changes to Crop Diversification & Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) penalty calculations.
- These are now additional administrative Greening Administrative Penalties introduced for the first time in 2017.
See here for more detailed information of these changes.