Key reminders and dates for your diary

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Every month, Farming Wales Editor Daniel Johns speaks to Rita Jones, of the Welsh Government’s Farm Liaison Service, to highlight the key reminders and some important dates for members to look out for...

Key Dates

15 July

  • Nutrient Management Investment Scheme Expression of Interest (EOI) opens

22 July

  • Small grants Woodland Creation EOI Opens

July

  • Woodland Creation Grant EOI opens
  • Woodland Creation Planning Scheme opens

Important Message- When did you last access your RPW Online account?

You should check your RPW (Rural Payment Wales) Online account on a regular basis. This is the main avenue of communication from Rural Payment Wales (RPW) to you as a customer. Welsh Government suggests that you access your accounts at least on a weekly basis. By doing this you would then hopefully avoid:

  • Deadlines being missed
  • Request for information not being actioned
  • Important information being missed.

Cross Compliance 2024

Cross Compliance Factsheets and Verifiable Standards have been updated to reflect changes to Statutory Management Requirement (SMR) 1 – Water Protection from 1 August 2024. The revised documents are available at gov.wales/cross-compliance-2024.

SMR 1 – Water Protection, has been updated to reflect new requirements applying to all land from 1 August 2024 under the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021. These changes include requirements to comply with closed periods for spreading organic manures with high readily available nitrogen (includes slurry and poultry manure) and ensure sufficient storage capacity for manure during the storage period.

It is important you understand how these changes may affect the management of your holding and if you need to take any action to meet the requirements of the regulations. To support the roll-out of these regulations a range of resources are available.

The updated requirements and detailed guidance, together with a digital workbook to help you meet record keeping requirements are available on the Welsh Government website.

Welsh Government at the Royal Welsh Show and other agricultural shows

Welsh Government staff including members of the Farm Liaison Service team will be in attendance at the Welsh Government Pavilion during the Royal Welsh Show. Farm Liaison Service staff will also have a stand at Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Denbigh & Flint, Meirionnydd and Usk shows during the summer months.

Staff will be available to provide you with the most up to date information on a range of current topics including the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme, agricultural support schemes, Woodland Creation schemes, National Forest, Control of Agriculture Pollution and animal health.

Farm inspections

Farm inspections take place on a sample number of farms each year to ensure that farmers are complying with the rules and regulations they are required to abide by as a condition of receiving financial support or as a result of keeping livestock.

Farmers who receive the Basic Payment, or payment under Rural Schemes, must comply with the Cross Compliance rules in addition to complying with specific scheme rules. When the Inspector calls guidance which is available on the website provides guidance on how to prepare for these inspections. The guidance also includes relevant Record Keeping Templates.

Woodland Creation Grants

These schemes support woodland creation by farmers and land managers.

There are two types of grants available:

  • Small Grants - Woodland Creation Scheme: for support to plant areas up to two hectares
  • Woodland Creation Grants: for support to plant larger areas of woodland

Head to gov.wales/forestry-grants for more information

Sheep/Goat Keepers

The way in which the Sheep and Goat Annual inventory is run in Wales will be changing. To bring the annual inventory in line with all other UK nations, the date of the inventory in Wales will now be 1 December but the information required will remain the same.

There are two significant changes:

  • Change of Annual Inventory Date

  The date of all future annual inventories will be 1 December. The next date you will be asked to record your sheep and/or goat numbers will be 1 December 2024.

  • Move to an Online Annual Inventory

From now on, the usual hard-copy annual inventory will no longer be issued. In future the way to submit your inventory will be via EIDCymru online account. Keepers who do not have an account, are encouraged to register for one over the summer. Staff at EIDCymru are happy to help you register for an online account and answer any queries you may have. They are available by telephone 01970 636959 or by email at [email protected].


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