The Government has recently announced some good news for farmers in England. It is intended that the “three crop rule” will be relaxed as part of the Crop Diversification requirements for those claiming the Basic Payment Scheme in 2020.

This change has been brought about following the extreme weather that has been seen across the country, with large areas of farmland under water during February. To ensure that those farmers who have been unable to get Spring crops in the ground because of the weather are not unfairly penalised, the Government intends to relax the requirement for 2020. It is proposed that this change will apply to all farmers claiming the BPS in England and not just those affected by the weather.

As soon as the approval has been made in Parliament, all farmers will be notified.