The Nitrates Derogation is a vital facility allowing in the region of 7,000 farmers to exceed the organic nitrogen limit of 170kg/ha and farm to an upper limit of 250kg organic N/ha. As part of the approvals process, farmers must submit an up-to-date fertiliser plan and submit annual fertiliser accounts before 31 March each year for the preceding year.

For example, farmers are required to submit fertiliser accounts for 2019 before 31 March 2020. Plans must include the following elements: