Important Deadlines for Farm Schemes Approach
Teagasc are reminding all farmers and land owners of two important upcoming deadlines for scheme applications to be lodged with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This Friday, 22 May is the deadline for having an application submitted for the new environmental scheme, GLAS. The following Friday, 29 May is the deadline for submitting the Basic Payment Scheme application, which is the most important source of direct support for Irish farmers.
Teagasc advisers are working with farmer clients to assist them in meeting these two deadlines. Each year Teagasc advisers support over 40,000 farmers to submit their applications for the Basic Payment Scheme. To date this year 31,412 online applications have been submitted and Head of Teagasc Advisory Services, Dermot McCarthy said that advisers are on track to process the usual number of applications. We would urge all those farmers who have not made contact with their adviser to do so immediately to arrange an appointment in advance of the 29 May deadline. Applications received by DAFM after the 29 May deadline will incur penalties.
Friday, 29 May is also the deadline for applications under the Young Farmer Scheme, and for applications under the so called ‘Scottish Derogation’ which allows farmers who have never held entitlements to apply for some. Beef farmers who intend to participate in the new Beef Data Genomics Scheme must also return their application forms by Friday 29 May.
The deadline for the first tranche of GLAS applications in 2015 is this Friday, 22 May. Teagasc are working in partnership with the Farm Relief Service to process as many GLAS applications on behalf of clients as possible. This is proceeding as expected and following the recent announcement that a second tranche is expected to open in autumn some farmers are opting to wait until later in the year to submit their application. Teagasc are working closely with clients to explore the best option for each individual case and farming circumstance.