Field margins

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
Field margins /Cross compliance rules please. One of our farmers in the neighbourhood has ploughed and drilled all field margins to the base of the hedge line. Is this correct? Have the rules been changed?
I look forward to your reply. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
John Hart.
07519 142077

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Hart,

Thank you for your e-mail of 29 October to the Defra helpline about field
margins and cross-compliance rules. I have been asked to reply and
apologise for the delay in doing so.

The cross compliance rules for farmers who claim CAP payments relating to
field margins next to hedgerows have not recently changed. The
requirements are set out in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition
(GAEC) 7a of the Guide to cross compliance in England: 2016 which can be
found at
[1]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guide-to-cro...
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If you have evidence that a claimant is not complying with the rules you
can contact the Rural Payments Agency at:

Rural Payments Agency
PO Box 69
Reading
RG1 3YD
Email: [email address]
Tel: 03000 200 301

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Powley
Ministerial Contact Unit
Defra

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