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Do you qualify as a Young Farmer or New Entrant?


Young Farmer 

To be classed as a ‘Young Farmer’ 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 submis 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 30th September 2016;
  • 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.

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.

Full eligibility information, including education requirements

In order to qualify for a National Reserve top-up as a ‘Young Farmer’ you must have a gross income of less than €40,000 in either the tax years 2013 or 2014.

New Entrant

To be classed as a ‘New Entrant’ you must:

  • have commenced agriculture activity in the 2013 calendar year or after;
  • have had no agricultural activity in your own name or at your own risk in five years previous to the start of present activity;
  • have applied for BPS no later than 2 years after the calendar year in which you commenced agricultural activity;
  • have successfully completed a recognised course of education in agriculture giving rise to an award at FETAC level 6 or equivalent, or
  • be currently participating in such a course, or commit to commencing a course by 30th September 2016.

In the case of a group, all of the group must not have engaged in any agricultural activity in the five years preceding current activity. Where a herd number is registered on behalf of a group, all members must meet the conditions of new entrant, with exception that only one needs to meet the education requirements.

Full eligibility information, including education requirements

In order to qualify for a National Reserve top-up as a ‘Young Farmer’ you must have a gross income of less than €40,000 in either the tax years 2013 or 2014.

 

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