Q&A: AEOS and REPS4 farmers can apply for GLAS now

Teagasc has alerted farmers to a significant change in GLAS eligibility rules.
Q&A: AEOS and REPS4 farmers can apply for GLAS now

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has informed Teagasc that farmers currently in AEOS, and those remaining in REPS4, are now eligible to apply for GLAS in tranche one (closing date May 22).

The Department of Agriculture has published the following Q&A guide to the new agri-environmental scheme for farmers and for GLAS planners (see www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/farmingschemesandpayments/glas/FAQsGLAS11032015pdf.pdf  for the full Q&A.

Conditions 8.14-8.16 are slightly confusing, can you confirm or otherwise if an applicant can split an existing LPIS number for the purposes of GLAS, for example, split it into three divisions for, say, Traditional Hay Meadow, Wild Bird Cover and Low Input Permanent Pasture?

It can be split for up to three area-based actions.

If a farmer has lands that have dual designation, will he receive double payment of €79 (€158/ha)?

No, double payment is not allowed under Commission rules, he will receive €79/ha.

Is the GLAS mapping system independent of the BPS. If I split an LPIS on the GLAS mapping system, will I have to do the corresponding adjustment on an applicant’s BPS application?

When approved, all part parcel actions recorded in the GLAS system will be sent for digitising automatically.

Will heather qualify as a non-grass species?

If heather is present in a parcel, it is not eligible for Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP). All GLAS plans must be completed in line with the released GLAS specification.

An applicant has commonage, yet is down as a possible tier 3 application on the online system. Why is this?

If you go into the Actions tab, you’ll see a check box to select commonages (it’s one of the three whole-of-farm actions).

If you then save the application, it should update to possible tier 1.

If a farmer has a son who is registered with a rare breed society, and the son keeps and breeds these animals on the family farm, can the son be added to the herd number, and then qualify for the rare breeds option in the scheme.

Adding the son’s name to the herd number at this time will not create a Tier 1 application for tranche one.

Does the 140kg of nitrogen per hectare for a grassland farmer refer to 2014 or 2015, or to future years?

Nitrates data is prepared from 2013 information, which is the last complete data set available.

Does the 30ha of arable refer to 2014 and/or future years?

30ha arable is based on the LPIS data returned on the 2014 SPS.

Can a new entrant in 2015 (no SPS application submitted in 2014) submit a GLAS Plan?

GLAS applications are based on the herd number and land parcel information submitted on the 2014 SPS claim. A new entrant can apply for GLAS in a later tranche, once they have submitted a valid 2015 BPS application.

If land was declared in 2014 by a father, and he wishes to transfer the entire holding to the son in 2015, will the son be eligible to apply for GLAS in 2015?

The son must make an application for his parcels for the 2015 BPS and the parcels must be validated on the SPS – he may be eligible to apply in subsequent tranches.

My wife is a new farmer in 2014 for the first time and under 40yrs of age. Will there be any concession to allow her into the scheme if she was a new farmer in 2014 or 2013?

There is no priority access for young farmers.

The GLAS training mentioned that monuments must be stone structured, or have a visible round bank and scrub/ditch on the bank (in the case of ring forts) to qualify for payment. Will the ring barrows, which are slight mounds of earth, with nothing visible above ground, qualify for payment? Will a ring fort with only a slight circular mound and nothing visible above ground qualify for payment?

The monument must be on the RMP map from the National Monuments Service, must be clearly visible above the ground, so that one of the two monument actions can be undertaken on it.

It will also appear on the mapping system in GLAS applications.

Are the requirements still the same if you want to select the rare breeds action as a general action?

The requirements for the rare breeds action are those stated in the scheme specification.

The rare breeds action is not available as a general action.

I am enquiring about the exact definition of ‘Whole and Part parcels’ in the Wild Bird Cover action in the GLAS specifications?

See page six of the specifications for definitions of whole and part parcels.

I would like to know what actions can be taken with Wild Bird Cover on either parcel.

See page 72 of the specifications, where the allowable actions where WBC is taken as a WP or PP are outlined.

Are capital allowances included in the payment rates? Will capital allowances be applied for separately?

Capital allowances are included in the payment rates and will not be paid separately.

I have a query regarding the Low Input Permanent Pasture. There is a limit of 40kg per ha per year of chemical nitrogen usage. Does this mean that slurry or farmyard manure can be applied to provide extra nitrogen?

Yes, within the limits of the nitrates.

The 40kg restriction is for chemical nitrogen fertiliser.

Does wild bird cover need to be fenced, where there are no livestock on the farm?

Yes.

In relation to Wild Bird Cover, the maximum area for payment is 3 ha. So is the maximum plot area 3 ha?

The plot can be bigger, and if this is the case, the applicant has two options,

1.

Deliver a part parcel action of 3ha, and fence off that area.

2.

Deliver a whole-of-parcel action, but they will only be paid for a maximum of 3ha.

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