7 key EU farm policy rule changes for 2018 that every farmer should know about
A raft of changes to EU farm policy came into force as of January 1, 2018 continue the drive towards a simpler, more modern Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The so-called Omnibus regulation simplifies and strengthens existing EU rules on a wide range of agriculture issues from risk management to support for young farmers, and is the latest in a series of simplification and modernisation measures implemented by the Commission.
Among the key improvements included in the Omnibus are:
Stronger support for farmers' position in the food supply chain
The new rules will include value sharing clauses to be negotiated by every product sector, and give farmers the right to ask for a written contract for the first time (unless trading with SMEs);
Clearer rules on support for farmers (including young farmers)
This will come notably through more flexibility on the definition of active farmers and stronger incentives for young farmers, with an increase in additional payments from 25pc to 50pc and guaranteeing all young farmers the right to the full five-year allowance for these payments, regardless of when they apply for them within their first five years of their setting-up;
Improved environmental measures