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Farmers can access advice or funding from a range of organisations.
The (Defra) helps the farming industry to operate as efficiently as possible. Defra administers European support policies that provide around £3 billion to UK agriculture. It also administers the Whole Farm Approach, which offers a faster, more efficient way for farmers and growers to meet regulatory requirements. Defra oversees a number of agencies that work with farmers, imports and exports of crops, and implements pest and disease controls. You can call the Defra Helpline on Tel 08459 33 55 77.
The (RPA) is responsible for licences and administering direct farm payment schemes to farmers and growers, including the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). For more information about SPS and how the RPA can help your farming business, you can call the RPA Single Payment Scheme Helpline on Tel 0845 603 7777, or read our guide on the Single Payment Scheme.
In England, the Farm Advisory System advises farmers about . You can call the Cross Compliance Helpline on Tel 0845 345 1302. Alternatively, find information on cross compliance requirements on the Cross Compliance website - Opens in a new window.
The (NFU) represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales. It aims to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, while ensuring the long-term viability of rural communities. You can contact NFU Callfirst Helpline on Tel 0870 845 8458, or find out about NFU work on the NFU website - Opens in a new window.
Farmers are likely to come into contact with , which are responsible for enforcing various regulations about farming, land use, food standards and environmental matters. Your local authority may also be able to provide further information or resources. Find contact details for your local authority through our Contacts Directory.
is responsible for reducing the decline of biodiversity and for licensing protected species across England. You can find out about Natural England's work on the Natural England website - Opens in a new window. It also administers the environmental stewardship schemes, which you can find out about in our guide on Environmental Stewardship: the basics.
The is responsible for regulating business and industry, including farming, to make sure that they comply with environmental laws. They offer guidance on environmental compliance and award environmental licences and permits. You can find out about the Environmental Agency's work with farming on the Environment Agency website - Opens in a new window.
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