Farmers applying for a payment from the Countryside Care Scheme will need to comply with two sets of Standards in order to qualify for their payment. There are 14 Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) plus 18 Standards of Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAECs). The former largely relate to existing legislation which all farmers should be complying with already and the latter define good management and best practice which many farmers will be following.
Farms will be inspected to ensure that applicants to the Countryside Care Scheme are meeting cross compliance standards.
Penalties will be applied where this is found not to be the case and these will be deducted from the second or final instalment of a Countryside Care Scheme payment. Click here.
Farmers can appeal against the imposition of penalties. Click here.