Three-crop rule relaxed by EU

04 May 2018

European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan has accepted UK requests to relax the three-crop rule.

The CLA wrote to Mr Hogan earlier this week backing the request by Farming Minister George Eustice for a UK-wide exemption from the three-crop rule for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018. The EU requires farmers with more than 30 hectares to grow at least three different crops every year. Due to unusually heavy rain and snow at a critical time for planting Mr Hogan has confirmed that Scotland and Northern Ireland have a complete derogation with England and Wales partially exempted from the rule.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “The Commissioner’s confirmation to relax the three-crop rule is good news for farmers and the long-term health and viability of their soils. Without this decision, the extraordinary weather over the past few months would have made it very difficult to establish crops and have caused irreparable damage to soil.”

Click here to read the letter from the CLA President in full.