Newsletters

The Farming Advice Service produces a bi-monthly email newsletter which includes articles, practical guidance on common issues and updates on any forthcoming legislative changes.

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Month of publication Brief description of topics covered
February 2017
  • Cross compliance 2017 update
  • Key dates
  • Cross compliance inspections
  • The latest measures to protect poultry and other captive birds against avian influenza (bird flu)
  • Tree and hedge-cutting rules for 2017
  • Anticoagulant rodenticides and biocides legislation
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Greening requirements for 2017
  • Silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil storage
  • Sign up to FAS services
December 2016
  • Cross compliance 2017 update
  • Key dates
  • How can FAS help you?
  • Greening requirements for 2017
  • Cross compliance soil management requirements
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • New measures to protect poultry and other captive birds against bird flu
  • Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant scheme
  • Annual sheep and goat inventory 
  • Top tips for livestock keepers
  • Sign up to FAS services
November 2016
  • How can FAS help you?
  • Key dates
  • Keeping public rights of way free from obstructions
  • Important information on greening rules
  • Water abstraction licence expiry
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Inspection of pesticide application equipment is required from November 2016
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign up to FAS services
September 2016
  • What is FAS?
  • Key dates
  • FAS has joined the Rural Services Helpline
  • Preparing for 2017 greening calculations
  • What is meant by EFA catch or cover crops?
  • Less than three months left to get your pesticide application equipment inspected
  • Choosing the right way to protect your soils post-harvest
  • Field margin management
  • Keeping updated on public rights of way requirements
  • Water abstraction licence reminders
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) reminders
  • Countryside Stewardship
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign up to FAS services
July 2016
  • What is FAS?
  • Key dates
  • Simplification of livestock movements
  • Protecting your soils post-harvest
  • Bovine TB (bTB)
  • Cross compliance inspections
  • Hedge and tree cutting and trimming closed period
  • What is meant by catch and cover crops?
  • Sheep Dip Groundwater Protection Code
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Spray equipment testing
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) reminders
  • Abstraction licence reminders
  • Countryside Stewardship clinics
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
May 2016
  • What is FAS?
  • Key dates
  • Changes relating to bovine TB (bTB)
  • Water quality
  • Public rights of way
  • Field margin management
  • Tree and hedge-cutting rules for 2016
  • Cross compliance soil management requirements
  • Important information for those using pesticides
  • Water abstraction - returns reminder
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Greening rules for 2016
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
April 2016
  • What is FAS?
  • Key dates
  • Basic Payment Scheme - update
  • Changes relating to bovine TB (bTB)
  • Water quality
  • Public rights of way
  • Field margin management
  • Tree and hedge-cutting rules for 2016
  • Cross compliance soil management requirements
  • Important information for those using pesticides
  • Water abstraction returns - reminder
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Greening rules in 2016
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
February 2016
  • What is FAS?
  • Key dates
  • Where to find guidance on the greening rules
  • Cross compliance 2016 - update
  • Tree and hedge-cutting rules for 2016
  • Cross compliance soil management requirements
  • Rules for septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants
  • Silage Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil (SSAFO) Storage
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Advice on the use of metaldehyde slug pellets 
  • 'Grandfather rights' rules no longer exist for professional pesticide use
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
December 2015
  • What is FAS?
  • Cross compliance 2016 - update
  • Cross compliance soil management requirements
  • Don't forget to complete your annual sheep & goat inventory
  • Important information on the greening rules
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • 'Grandfather Rights' ceased in November 2015
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
October 2015
  • What is FAS?
  • Important information on the greening rules
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Abstraction licence expiry
  • 'Grandfather Rights' will no longer exist from November 2015
  • Requirement to get spray equipment tested - one year to go
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
August 2015
  • Protecting your soils post-harvest
  • Remember to establish your catch crops and cover crops
  • Field Margin Management
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Public rights of way
  • Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier
  • Abstraction licence reminders
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
June 2015
  • New tree cutting and trimming rules for 2015
  • What is meant by catch crops and cover crops?
  • Protecting your soils post-harvest
  • New rules for septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Integrated Pest Management - are you complying with the requirements?
  • Animal welfare requirements under cross compliance
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
April 2015
  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 - action required
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) reminders
  • Water abstraction returns - reminder
  • Important information for those using pesticides
  • Strengthened TB testing rules to be extended from 1 January 2015 - reminder
  • Soil management requirements for 2015: important changes
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
February 2015
  • The latest information on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2015
  • Cross compliance update
  • Farming Advice Service in 2015
  • Important changes to soil management requirements
  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) - what you should do now
  • Changes to Statutory Management Requirement (SMR) 7 - cattle identification and registration
  • EIA (Agriculture) regulations
  • Strengthened TB testing rules to be extended from 1 January 2015 - reminder
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone reminders
  • Hedgerow and tree cutting rules
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
December 2014
  • Farming Advice Service in 2015
  • Cross compliance update
  • Important changes to soil management requirements
  • The latest information on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Funded Training available via Defra’s National Skills Framework
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
November 2014
  • Farming Advice Service in 2015
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) update: October 2014
  • Soil management requirements in 2015
  • Changes to identification and reporting rules for sheep (and goats) from 2015
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) grassland derogation
  • Abstraction licence expiry
  • Forthcoming FAS events
  • Sign-up to FAS services
  • Key dates
September 2014
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) update: August 2014
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Abstraction licence reminders
  • Avoiding overgrazing and supplementary feeding damage of semi-natural vegetation
  • Public rights of way
  • Protecting your soils post-harvest
  • Forthcoming FAS event
  • Sign-up to FAS services 
  • Key dates
July 2014
  • CAP update
  • E-reporting database for sheep (aRAMs)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Bovine electronic identification
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • FAS activity
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
April 2014
  • Change to FAS telephone number
  • Single Payment Scheme (SPS) forms available for 2014
  • Updated guidance for SPS claimants affected by adverse weather
  • E-reporting database for sheep (aRAMs)
  • PLANET software update
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Soil Protection Review (SPR) - choosing the correct environmental option
  • CAP update
  • Water abstraction returns - reminder
  • Farm Recovery Fund
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) to the FAS helpline during March
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
February 2014
  • Soil Protection Review (SPR) - what will you be required to do in 2014
  • Strengthened TB testing
  • Access to waterlogged land
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) reminders
  • Water resources (control of pollution) (silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil) (England) Regulations 2010 and as amended 2013 (SSAFO) is now part of cross compliance
  • Reporting sheep and goat movements electronically from April 2014
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system (HACCP) guidance
  • Water abstraction consultation launched
  • Hedge laying/need for felling approval
  • Funding
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
December 2013
  • Changes to Cross Compliance for 2014
  • Soil Protection Review (SPR) - what you will be required to do in 2014
  • Remember to complete your SPR for 2013 by 31 December
  • Joint Industry and Government Slurry Management and Storage Project
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) guidance update - November 2013
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones - grassland derogation reminder
  • Slurry storage requirements - how are your plans coming along?
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
October 2013
  • Soil Protection Review - what you will be required to do in 2014
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) - grassland derogation
  • Slurry stores in NVZ
  • Water abstraction - returns reminder
  • Increasing requirement for sulphur in fertiliser programmes
  • Defra inspection guidance
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
August 2013
  • Cutting farm costs by improving water efficiency
  • Cross Compliance and game management
  • Cross Compliance and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD) - consultation update
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
June 2013
  • The Guide to Cross Compliance in England has been updated
  • Updated nitrates regulations
  • Improved Environment Information: Have Your Say
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
April 2013
  • Water abstraction licences
  • Opportunities to partner with FAS
  • Updated Cattle Identification Regulations
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) record keeping - are you up to date?
  • NVZ changes in 2013
  • Review of environmental advice, incentives, partnership approaches for the farming sector in England
  • Put your tractors on a diet!
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
February 2013
  • Important changes to Cross Compliance for 2013
  • Managing and remediating damage to soil
  • Strengthened TB cattle control measures introduced from January 2013
  • Slurry storage requirements - are you being compliant?
  • Update on nitrate issues
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
December 2012
  • Remember to complete your Soil Protection Review (SPR) by 31 December
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations review
  • Important changes to Cross Compliance for 2013
  • Nitrate derogation for 2013 - Defra update
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
November 2012
  • Remember to update your Soil Protection Review (SPR) access to waterlogged land record
  • Do you hold a time-limited abstraction licence? Act now to protect your right to abstract water
  • Farming in extreme weather conditions
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
October 2012
  • Sheep identification and movement guidance
  • Manure management after the exceptionally wet summer
  • Key information about cattle identification
  • Available nitrogen in slurry and poultry manure - why are the values in RB209 different from NVZ guidance?
  • Forthcoming events
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
July 2012
  • Nutrient Management: understanding your options
  • Strengthened cattle controls to help eradicate bovine TB
  • Proposed NVZ boundaries are now available to view from the Defra website
  • Attending a FAS event?
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates
April 2012
  • Risk maps are not just for NVZs - GAEC 19
  • NVZs: Assessing compliance with NMax limits
  • Think twice before converting permanent pasture
  • Cross compliance failures for 2011 published
  • Sign up to FAS services
  • Key dates