Legislation in the farming industry continues to increase and as the significant changes introduced by CAP reform have shown, there can be a minefield of information for growers to get to grips with.
Failure to keep accurate records could affect payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and stewardship schemes. Each breach receives an individual fine and the total can soon mount up, from 3% of the payments received up to 15% for intentional breaches.
For example, if a 300 acre farm claims £30,000 in BPS and £3,600 in Entry Level Stewardship (ELS), a 3% penalty would equate to £1,008 per breach and 15% would be £5,040. Repeated negligence can increase fines to 100%.
MyCompliance is an advisory service that removes the stress for growers. A member of our dedicated team of Frontier and Kings experts will visit your farm and advise on how to meet the necessary requirements, prepare for inspections and avoid financial penalties. MyCompliance includes five key services that can be tailored to meet individual needs:
1. Cross Compliance
Receive detailed advice on all current Cross Compliance legislation and check your farm is meeting necessary regulations. Your expert advisor will also produce an up to date Nutrient Management Plan and Manure Management Plan for your farm.
2. Farm Assurance Schemes
Growers signed up to farm assurance schemes, such as Red Tractor, Scottish Quality Cereals (SQC) or the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) will be assisted in meeting the high standards required. An Integrated Pest Management Plan and advice on vermin control will also be provided.
3. Greening and stewardship
Kings advises on appropriate stewardship schemes to help growers practise conservation and sustainability in a way that suits their land. This includes expert advice on how to make a successful application for the new Countryside Stewardship scheme. We’ll also answer queries on CAP and greening measures, including Ecological Focus Areas and BPS, to help growers meet requirements.
4. Health & Safety
Creating a safe environment is essential and strict regulations are now enforced by law. MyCompliance advisors will assess current business practices and compile a HSE risk assessment for your farm.
5. MyFarm Health Check
Prepare for the inspectors with an audit to check your business conforms to Cross Compliance regulations.
*includes IPMP, NMP & MMP, subject to £450 min charge