Aims of the farm advisory system
All countries in the European Union have a farm advisory system (FAS). The FAS helps farmers to better understand and meet the EU rules for environment, public and animal health, animal welfare and the good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC).
Information the system provides
The FAS provides information about:
- obligations at farm level resulting from the statutory management requirements and the standards for good agricultural and environmental land conditions (“cross-compliance”);
- agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment and maintenance of the agricultural area (“greening”);
- measures at farm level provided for in rural development programmes for farm modernisation, competitiveness building, sectorial integration, innovation and market orientation as well as for the promotion of entrepreneurship;
- requirements for water protection, efficient and sustainable water use;
- use of plant protection products;
- integrated pest management.
The FAS may also provide information on
- the promotion of farm conversion and diversification of their economic activity;
- risk management and appropriate preventive actions to address natural disasters, catastrophic events and animal and plant diseases;
- minimum requirements for agri-environment-climate payments beyond mandatory standards and minimum requirements for fertilisers and plant production products, also regarding organic farming;
- information related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity and protection of water.
The EU countries ensure a clear separation between advice to farmers and checking the right allocation of income support.
The following regulation sets out how the FAS works:
- rules on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy (EU regulation 1306/2013).