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Is your farm prepared for Cross Compliance?

23 February 2018
Type Media Article

By Kieran Kenny, Teagasc Soils and Environment Adviser, Castlerea

Cross Compliance involves farming in a more sustainable way. It requires the safe production of food with full traceability, but it also concerns the welfare of animals, protection of biodiversity and water quality and limiting the effects of climate change. All farmers are obliged to comply with the Cross Compliance Regulations and maintain their land in GAEC (Good Agricultural & Environmental Condition). Failure to do so will lead to Penalties being applied to their Direct Payments. Farm Inspections are taking place on an on-going basis so it is important for the farmer to understand the issue.

Teagasc in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture have committed to running a series of Cross Compliance events across the country. The two local events for this region will be held in Roscommon on Tuesday 6th February & Carrick on Shannon on Thursday 8th. If you wish to prepare your farm for an inspection and are trying to avoid penalties it is important you attend. The event will give an overview of Cross Compliance and highlight issues that are causing specific problems with penalties in the region. It will also give an update on the recent changes to Nitrates, such as new requirements for soil sampling and the prevention of run-off to watercourses from roadways. Following the presentations, there will be a series of clinics to give farmers the opportunity to discuss specific issues or queries on an individual basis. These will include all aspects of Cross Compliance including land eligibility, TAMS 11 grants and forestry.

Teagasc provides a Local Advisory and Education service to farmers. They have offices based in
Roscommon Town (Tel: 090 6626166),
Longford Town (Tel: 043 3341021) and
Castlerea (Tel: 094 9620160).

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