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If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow the easy steps outlined below and your application will be underway...

If you intend to avail of payments under the OFS (Organic Farming Scheme) which is operated by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine, you must ensure that you complete the on-line OFS application requirements if/when the OFS re-opens for applications in 2016. 

To make application for the Organic Farming Scheme, you must  already be registered on and you must then register with the Organic Trust Ltd and be in receipt of the designated in-conversion licence number. 

As soon as you submit your application documentation to the Organic Trust, confirmation of your registration will be forwarded to the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture to activate the initial on-line application requirements on your behalf - you are then required to logon on to the on-line services to complete your on-line OFS application (if/when the Organic Farming Scheme re-opens for applications later in 2016).  Therefore, if you have not already registered your application for an organic licence with the Organic Trust, please phone 01 8530271 for your free application pack or download the application documentation by clicking on the Producer Application Form below.

Finally, you must also complete the mandatory training course. Potential applicants should note that the Organic Trust Ltd also run the mandatory production courses on strategic dates during the year and some of these take place over weekends – please telephone the Organic Trust Ltd office (01 8530271) for full details of the courses available.

Full details of the conditions of entry to the 2016 Organic Farming Scheme plus all the required documentation requirements will be published on this website as soon as the Organic Farming Scheme is re-opened for applications from new applicants by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine.

Potential processors (including importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers) may wish to avail of the Organic Trust's competitively priced Adequacy Audi (contact Helen Scully in the office for details – 01 8530271).

Financial Assistance available to potential organic operators

The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. The terms, conditions and payments relating to the 2015 Organic Farming Scheme are available by clicking on the following .pdf.  The details of the 2016/2017 Organic Farming Scheme will be made available as soon as they are published by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture.  Please note that there is no guarantee that the OFS will re-open for applications from new grants in 2016.

In addition capital grants will be available for the purchase of specific equipment and for buildings (both producers and processors) – click on this link for details

Steps to Take:

  1. Obtain a free application pack from the Organic Trust office (01 8530271).  Complete the relevant application form. Producers need to ascertain if they need an Advisor to help with the Conversion Plan; if so, a list of Recommended Advisors is available from the Organic Trust office (01 8530271) or download list at bottom of page (related forms)  If you feel confident enough to produce your own Conversion Plan, a conversion plan template is available by clicking on Producer Application Form below – alternatively the Conversion Plan template is available from the office.  The conversion plan guidelines encompass all of the legislative requirements regarding such plans..   
  2. Processors should ascertain if they feel they need the services of our Food Science Technologists in relation to their application – if so, contact the office and we will put you in contact with each other (01 8530271)
  3. Return the completed application documentation together with the Org 1 DAFM Registration Form (please complete page 1 only) and cheque for application fee (details of the relevant fees are available from 01 8530271) plus all of the other enclosures listed on the final page of the application form to the Organic Trust Ltd, Vernon House, 2 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
  4. The Organic Trust will then arrange a timely inspection of your holding or premises. The Organic Trust ensure that the whole process is timely and efficient.
  5. Thereafter you will be inspected on an annual basis - unannounced spot checks also take place.

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