The European Commission’s decision to “simplify” greening rules by introducing a ban on the use of plant protection products (PPPs) on Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) is forcing many farmers to re-evaluate how best to meet their 5% EFA requirement. The ban covers all in-field EFA options – fallow, catch and cover crops and nitrogen-fixing crops. According to the Rural Payments Agency, it will apply from the time of sowing, through to harvesting and growers will also be prevented from using […]