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New and exciting opportunities for forestry creation on farms

With the launch of the new National Forestry Programme 2023-2027, there are many new and exciting opportunities for forest creation on farms.

These can range from small native broadleaf woodlands to larger forest areas, ideal for creating on-farm income and pension pots from timber sales in the future. The significant increase in the annual premium now means that farmers can benefit from rates of between €745 and €1,142 per hectare for 20 years. Many can also retain existing BISS payments.

The new programme focusses on ensuring that these forests are created in harmony with the environment and contributing to the enhancement of ecosystem services including water quality, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

Nuala Ní Fhlatharta, Head of Forestry Development Department in Teagasc, explains more in the below video with Martin Bourke, Tillage Organic Specialist, Teagasc at the Teagasc stand at the National Ploughing Championships.

Teagasc is supporting farmers in availing of the many opportunities provided in the new programme. A dedicated webinar on the opportunities for woodland creation will be held on Tuesday, September 26th at 8pm, where Minister Hackett and experts from Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will outline these opportunities. Click here for more information on the upcoming webinar.

This will be followed in early October by a series of 20 in-person information meetings nationwide, where interested farmers can get a lot more information and get their questions answered on how forestry can enhance their farming enterprise.

Teagasc at the Ploughing

Over the course of the National Ploughing Championships, some of the key highlights have been featured on Teagasc Daily. Check these out below:

Teagasc at the National Ploughing Championships

5-star ewes deliver for productivity and profitability

Factors influencing contaminant losses to water

Selecting the appropriate actions to reduce gaseous emissions on tillage farms

Food chemistry at the National Ploughing Championships

Using digital tools to support Teagasc advisory services

Eddy’s role in monitoring soil carbon