3. Cross-compliance.

Farmers receiving direct payments ('beneficiaries')1 must observe the 'cross compliance' conditions established in the relevant Council Regulation, and minimum standards for good agricultural and environment condition2, along with permitted derogations3, are set out in domestic legislation.

Requirements include establishing buffer strips along watercourses and limits on timings for trimming hedges and trees, applying manures with high nitrogen content and burning heather and rough grass4.

The Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers