The regulations you need to follow are called Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs). These are set down in EU legislation Directives and Regulations and details are available on the main Department website here.
Under Article 13 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 each Member State is required to establish an approved Farm Advisory System (FAS) to advise farmers on land and farm management. The advice shall cover at least the Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and the Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs) referred to in Chapter 1 of the Regulation (Cross-Compliance) The Regulation provides that farmers may participate in the farm advisory system on a voluntary basis and that priority shall be given to farmers who receive more than €15,000 in direct payments per year.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has designated a list of Planning Agencies (available on the main website here) as approved Single Payment Scheme Farm Advisory Agencies with effect from 1st January 2007 following attendance by the advisor at a Single Payment Scheme Cross-compliance training course in 2007.
Further information, documents and forms can be found on the Department’s main website here or by contacting: