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Walk this way for Defra advice

PUBLISHED: 09:09 17 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

Free Defra-funded farm events are under way across the East of England to help land managers and advisers clarify their obligations under cross compliance.

Free Defra-funded farm events are under way across the East of England to help land managers and advisers clarify their obligations under cross compliance.

With many farmers concerned about the possibility of RPA inspec-tions, the two-hour walks and workshops will offer guidance on what is required to ensure they receive their full Single Payment in the future.

The farm walks will have specialist advisers focusing on soils management and will cover general cross compliance issues.

They will show what farmers are required to do on a practical level and will give specific advice on how to complete the Soil Protection Review, a mandatory requirement by September 1. Margin management and animal issues will also be discussed.

Another series of workshops covers topics of particular concern to farmers across the eastern region; NVZs and outdoor pigs.

The NVZ events will cover record keeping, calculating manure loadings and nutrient requirements, and availability to crops. Pig workshops will focus on how the mandatory Soil Protection Review applies to outdoor pig producers as well as identification and movement requirements.

"Now most farmers have received their Single Payment, it can be easy for them to forget what they need to do in order to protect it for the future," said David Gardner, a regional farm adviser who works on behalf of the Momenta consortium delivering the cross compli-ance advice programme.

"It is vital that farmers are fully up to date with the scheme rules if they are not to risk penalties."

Walk dates are: Thursday, Stody Estate, near Melton Constable; Friday, Midloe Grange, Southoe, St Neots; June 26, Stanaway Farm, Otley, Ipswich.

Pigs: June 29, Stanaway Farm, Otley; July 4, Easton College, Norwich; July 13, Atheling-ton Hall, near Eye; July 19, Stody Estate.

To book a place call 0845

345 1302 or visit www.

crosscompliance.org.uk


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