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Young Farmer Scheme

Those who qualify as ‘Young Farmers’ can avail of the Young Farmer Scheme which provides an additional top-up payment to a farmer’s Basic Payment (BPS).


The young Farmer Scheme payment is 25% of the national average payment per hectare multiplied by the number of entitlements activated by the applicant, subject to a maximum of 50.

Successful applicants will receive payment under the Young Farmer Scheme for a maximum of five years, dated from the year of setting up the holding.

 

To qualify for the ‘Young Farmer’ Scheme you must:

  • be participating in the Basic Payment Scheme in the year in which you submit an application;
  • be aged no more than 40 years of age at any time during the calendar year in which you first submit an application under the Basic Payment Scheme;
  • have successfully completed a recognised course of education in agriculture giving rise to an award at FETAC level 6 or its equivalent, or  commit to commencing such a course by a particular date;
  • be setting up an agricultural holding for the first time or have set up such a holding during the five years preceding the first submission of the Basic Payment Scheme application.

Full eligibility information

Where a ‘Young Farmer’ undertakes the farming activity as part of a group, e.g. under a joint herd number, a partnership or company, the group will be considered eligible so long as one person in the group meets the criteria of a young farmer and the young farmer exercises effective and long-term control within the group of decisions related to management, benefits, financial risks etc.

A successful applicant will receive payment for a maximum of five years.

Payments

The Young Farmers Scheme Payment will be calculated as 25% of the national average payment per hectare (based on the national ceiling) multiplied by the number of entitlements activated by the successful applicant, subject to a maximum of 50.

A successful applicant will receive payment for a maximum of 5 years. This is dated from the year of setting up the holding.

Payment date

Under the Charter of Farmers Rights, the target payment date for the Young Farmer Scheme is December 1st each year for all applications – the Young Farmer Scheme payment will be paid as a complete payment.

Inspections

5% of applicants under the Young Farmer Scheme will be selected for inspection to ensure compliance with the rules of the scheme. Up to 14 days notice will apply. Read a guide to inspections.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my Young Farmer payment?

The target set down in the Charter of Farmers Rights is December 1st each year for all appliations. Payment will be made as a complete payment.

How much will my payment be?

Your payment will be 25% of the national average payment per hectare multiplied by the number of entitlements you have activated (subject to a maximum of 50).

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