Further information on weed control
You can get help and advice on controlling weeds from a whole range of organisations.
The plays a central role in delivering the government's environmental priorities. Its principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development.
Find out about the Environment Agency's work on the Environment Agency website - Opens in a new window. Additionally, you can call the Environment Agency Helpline on Tel 08708 506 506 and the special Environment Agency - Water Pollution Hotline on Tel 0800 80 70 60.
One of the major roles of the (Defra) is to help the farming industry 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 arable farmers, imports and exports of crops and implement pest and disease controls. You can call the Defra Helpline on Tel 08459 33 55 77.
is responsible for reducing the decline of biodiversity and licensing of protected species across England. You can call the Natural England Enquiry Service on Tel 0845 600 3078.
The (RPA) is responsible for licences and schemes for growers as well as for running 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. You can also read our guide on the Single Payment Scheme.
In England, the advises farmers about cross compliance. For further information, 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, or read our guides on:
- Cross compliance: the basics
- Statutory Management Requirements
- Standards of good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC)
- The Single Payment Scheme
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. Call the NFU Callfirst Helpline on Tel 0870 845 8458, or find out about NFU work on the NFU website - Opens in a new window.
On 1 April 2009, four elements of Defra's service came together to form a new Executive Agency known as the (Fera). These four organisations were:
- the Plant Health Division (PHD) which includes bee health
- the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI)
- the Plant Variety Rights Office and Seeds Division (PVS)
- the Central Science Laboratory (CSL)
The main purposes of Fera are to support and develop a sustainable food chain and a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. Through science and research, Fera is also responsible for policy and regulations on food and drink, wildlife, plant, bee and seed health, and the environment.
You can call the Fera Helpline on Tel 01904 462 000, or find out about Fera's work on the Fera website - Opens in a new window.
Farmers are likely to come into contact with over a number of farming, land use, food standards and environmental regulations. Your local authority may also be able to provide further information or resources. Find details of your local authority services on the Directgov website - Opens in a new window.
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