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Farming Advice Service

The new Farming Advice Service (FAS), provided by Defra, includes and replaces the former Cross Compliance Advice Programme and provides advice on other subjects to help you improve the economic and environmental performance of your farm.

FAS provides advice on the following subjects:

The aim of FAS is to help improve the environmental and economic performance of farming in England. The main provider is Ricardo-AEA but advice from FAS will be delivered in active partnership with industry-related bodies and other stakeholders taking advantage wherever possible of existing activities and engagement with farmers.

The launch of FAS marks the start of a more integrated, streamlined and efficient approach that is clearer for farmers and land managers and yields better environmental results whilst also helping to improve economic performance.

This website will provide:

  • A single route to online information and advice available on Cross Compliance, Nutrient Management, Competitiveness, and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Regularly updated information on FAS events – dates and locations of farm workshops, walks, drop-in-clinics, road-shows, etc
  • Information on the advice programme
  • Technical Articles and Newletters (see our News page.)

Get in touch

The helpline number for technical questions and advice via the Farming Advice Service is 0345 345 1302 (opening hours Mon-Fri 8am-6pm).

For general enquiries, please e-mail

Register for text message updates

Text messages are an effective way to getting relevant information to farmers, fast! The new service will send text messages as a reminder of approaching key dates, or in response to current events e.g. flooding. Messages will also signpost to key information, and raise awareness of local events. To register for text message updates, please contact us via email at with ‘Register for text updates’ in the subject line, and include your name and mobile phone number in the message.

Register for the FAS newsletter

To register for the FAS newsletter, please email

If you have any ideas for topics you’d like us to cover then please let us know.

Find out more about our events

To find out more about our events, including to request a speaker at your group or event and to book your attendance at selected events, please e-mail

Please be sure to include your name, farm name, postcode and mobile/ landline number in all emails.

Page last modified: 25 June 2014