ACRES (Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme) is Ireland’s new 5 year agri-environment climate scheme proposed as part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan. This new €1.5 billion flagship agri-environment scheme will be a farmer-friendly scheme to help address biodiversity decline while delivering an income support for up to 50,000 farm families in Ireland.
- General Approach:
Available nationally (outside of the high priority geographical area as defined for the ACRES Co-operation approach below), which will offer a range of actions for individual farmers to be undertaken.
- Co-operation approach:
Available to farmers in defined high priority geographical areas, which will involve results-based payments, as well as bespoke farm and landscape actions. Farmers participating in this approach will have the assistance of a Local Cooperation Project (CP) Team, who will assist with implementation of the scheme at local level.
Applications will be ranked into three tiers.
To qualify for Tier 1, the applicant must commit to completing mandatory actions relevant to the Priority Environmental Assets (PEA) on their holding.
These PEAs include: private natura; commonage; geese and swans area; breeding wader mapped areas; and catchments identified as having high status water.
Registered organic farmers will also qualify for priority access under this Tier.
Farmers whose lands include a Vulnerable Water Area may apply for access to the scheme under Tier 2.
Applicants may also be considered if they are in the Native Woodland Establishment Scheme or GPC 11 — Agro-forestry or if they adopt at least one of the tree planting actions.
Or if they have a whole farm stocking rate exceeding 130kg livestock manure nitrogen/ha produced on the holding.
Or if they have more than 30ha of arable crops, they must adopt at least one of the following actions:
minimum tillage; catch crops; over-winter stubble; grass margins arable or grass margins grassland; low-input peat grassland.
Farmers in Tier 3 will be last to get access to the scheme and will undertake various actions outlined by the Department.
- All applications for the scheme must be prepared and completed by an approved FAS Advisor
- Completion of a Farm Sustainability Plan. The purpose of the FSP is to assist in locating ‘the right action in the right place’. It is a combination of desk and field assessments where advisors assess the environmental assets/risks and conservation targets on the holding.
|ACREs Measure||Farmer Payment (Maximum)|
|Cooperation Measure||€10,500 (Including €3,500 for NPI’s and Landscape Actions)|
Closing date 15th November – Contact OCAE Consultants for more information