Know How / Compliance

Farmers have to comply with an ever-changing array of financial, planning, environmental, animal welfare, safety and employment legislation.

This page will guide you through the maze of rules and regulations, highlight when new ones are being introduced and offer advice on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Key areas of focus:

  • Environmental permits and licenses
  • NVZs
  • Cross-compliance
  • Farm inspections
  • Cattle movement and transport

Practical advice

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COMPLIANCE

The rules for legal storage of pesticides on farm

Pesticides must be stored properly to protect people and the environment, but stores can vary from purpose-built barns to converted buildings. We explain the rules so that you stay compliant…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…

COMPLIANCE

Farming near footpaths - the law for arable farmers

The majority of farms have some form of public right of way across them, whether it is a footpath, bridleway or byway. But when walkers are heading for your crops,…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide to safe storage and spreading of slurry and fertiliser

Farmers are coming under increasing environmental pressure when it comes to safe use of manures and fertilisers. New legislation requires all farmers to meet Nitrate Vulnerable Zone standards, whether they…

COMPLIANCE

Flying a drone: Everything you need to know about staying legal

Anyone using a drone for commercial purposes must get the correct accreditation or risk heavy penalties under current legislation. This includes farmers who use drones within 150m of a residential…

PIGS

What tougher tail docking inspections mean for pig farmers

Tail biting in pigs is a welfare issue that causes pain, possible infection and loss of performance. For this reason, although tail docking is not legally permitted in the UK…

COMPLIANCE

3 steps to avoid sheep cross-compliance blunders

Many farmers are still making sheep identification and record-keeping errors, according to latest Defra figures. Cross-compliance is a set of rules made up of Statutory Management Requirements (SMR) that must…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Septic tanks on farm: Rules and replacements

By the time 1 January 2020 comes round, the Environment Agency hopes that farmers with septic tanks that currently discharge into a watercourse will have checked them and upgraded if necessary.…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Rural property fires: Risks, rules and prevention tips

More heating and lighting is used in the winter months, so the risk of fire is higher. While there is concern over the risks Strutt, & Parker’s health and safety…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Ways to cut farm ammonia emissions before rules comes in

Dairy and beef farmers are likely to be most affected by Defra’s proposed controls for fertiliser, manure and slurry management and applications. The proposals, which also cover livestock housing design…

COMPLIANCE

Changing land use – what farmers need to know

Farmers must follow legal procedures before changing the use of any land classified as uncultivated or semi-natural. The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations protect uncultivated or semi-natural land from changes in…

NVZS

What farmers need to do to use sewage sludge safely

The UK water industry generates well over 1m tonnes of sewage sludge each year, the bulk of which is treated and recycled on to land as a fertiliser and to…

Insights

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COMPLIANCE

Red Tractor's new inspection regime - what you need to know

Red Tractor is increasing the number of unannounced inspections on farms that fall short of its standards, using a new risk-based inspection regime which will start in November 2018.  Currently…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide details how farmers can reduce ammonia emissions

A  guide published on Friday (27 July) sets out the steps farmers, advisers and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality. The Code of Good…

ENVIRONMENT

Gove's new farm pollution controls: The details and reaction

Stricter controls are to be imposed on fertiliser, manure and slurry applications under government plans to improve UK air quality. Dairy and beef farms are among the sectors that will…

BUSINESS

Handy guide to key cross-compliance dates 2018

Defra has released a calendar of key dates in 2018 to help farmers in England avoid making cross-compliance breaches. Cross-compliance rules apply to all basic payment scheme claimants and are…

BOVINE TB

Current UK TB rules - and what's coming next

Defra and its devolved counterparts have announced a series of tougher bovine TB rules in the past 12 months in a bid to control the disease, which continues to see…

LIVESTOCK

What EU ammonia rules could mean for UK pig producers

UK ammonia targets are under negotiation and if reductions are implemented it could cause extra pressure for pig producers and livestock farmers. Nigel Penlington, head of research, development and knowledge…