Staying legal with EU subsidies is a complicated business. Getting it wrong risks penalties and no money and no money means you are out of business.
I really think that the EU have found out it is cheaper to import from third world countries and they are trying to make our life unbearable by vast amounts of red take and booby traps.
Check out this latest program to make life "easy":
" If you click on the Arable button you will enter the IACS Calculator screen for the arable section in detail. The program handles all the separate payment regions. (England, Scotland, Wales LFA, Non LFA etc.) each of which has it own Arable IACS Calculator page. The totals from all the different regions will be summarised on the IACS Calculator Summary Screen shown above.and on it goes.....
When the arable screen first appears, the Calculator has derived from the basic information that you entered the total area of Cereals, Oilseeds, Proteins, Linseed, Maize, RSA (Rotational Set Aside), FSA (Flexible Set Aside), GSA (Guaranteed Set Aside), Penalty Set Aside and Voluntary Set Aside, Forage and Other Land.
The £ Per Ha column is the expected rate of payment under the Arable Area Payments Scheme. It is either the amount that was published at the time this version was issued, or the revised amount if you have changed and saved it. (See Set Rates Section).
Remember that the Arable Area Expected Payments are changing week by week due to fluctuation in the exchange rates of the ECU and individual EU nations policies. Therefore the Set Rate button is required and the IACS Calculator can only provide a guideline........"