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Brussels has rejected Defra calls for an early review of CAP greening rules – including controversial requirements that mean many farmers must grow at least three crops. Defra secretary Liz Truss had asked EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan to review rules that mean 30% of direct payments now depend on farmers abiding by a range of measures, including crop diversification, ecological focus areas (EFAs) and permanent pasture maintenance. Ms Truss has argued that the three-crop rule makes agriculture inefficient, insisting that […]
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