Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Producers Can Start Planning for Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Producers Can Start Planning for Future

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Producers, waiting for information from Defra to help plan their future, can now see how the new cross compliance measures, 2005 set-aside rates, moorland line disputes and unregistered land will affect them.

Set-aside rates for 2005 are as follows:

1 8pc for land in Non SDA.

2 1.3pc for SDA land.

3 No set-aside is required for land registered as moorland.

"Farmers must remember that under the new Single Payment Scheme, set-aside must be provided for temporary grass as well," said Louis Fell, of George F White's Alnwick agricultural department.

"This could have a significant impact on grassland farmers who have never had to provide set-aside for grassland in the past."

The cross compliance measures are summarised as:

Complying to the current EC Directives and Regulations.

Production of a simple soil management plan by 2006 for all farmers.

No hedge cutting from March 1 to July 31 in each year.

Provision of a two-metre strip next to hedges and watercourses which must not be cultivated, have fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides applied. …

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