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Applications

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...

ORGANIC FARMING & GROWING (INCLUDING POT PLANT AND SPROUTED SEED & GRAIN PRODUCTION)

If you intend to avail of payments under the current tranche of the OFS (Organic Farming Scheme), you must ensure that you complete the on-line OFS application requirements. 

  • Please note that in the current tranche of the Organic Farming Scheme, priority will be given to applications from organic cereals, dairy and horticulture producers.
  • To make application for payment under the Organic Farming Scheme, you must  already be registered on www.agfood.ie  If you are not registered, you can register via this link: https://agfood.agriculture.gov.ie/ssoauthagfood/individual/IndividualLogin.htm
  • You must then register with the Organic Trust.  Please phone the Organic Trust and obtain our free application pack 01 8530271 or download the application documentation from our Producer Application Pack - One Stop Shop below. 
  • In the first instance complete and return page 1 of the blue Org.1 form and return it to the Organic Trust office.
  • We will notify DAFM that we have received your completed registration form and DAFM will activate your www.agfood.ie entry to facilitate your on-line OFS application.  You must complete the on-line OFS application by 5 pm on December 19th 2018.  
  • Then complete the Organic Trust application documentation and submit this to the Organic Trust CLG together with all of the items specified on the last page of the application form by 31.12.2018.
  • As soon as the Organic Trust receives your completed application documentation, it will be reviewed for compliance and we will arrange for your farm to be inspected early in 2019.
  • Following inspection and certification, you will be issued with your first in-conversion licence for the period 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2019.

Finally, you must also complete the mandatory training course if you have not already completed same. Potential applicants should note that the Organic Trust 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 office (01 8530271) for full details of the courses available.  Please note that you will be given until September 1st 2019 to complete the mandatory organic production course and to upload the certificate of attendance by this date.

Full details of the conditions of entry to the Organic Farming Scheme are available via this link: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organicfarmingscheme/              

It is important to emphasise that it is not a mandatory requirement to avail of payments under the Organic Farming Scheme - new entrants to organic production can convert their holdings in the absence of payments under the OFS at any time.

ORGANIC PROCESSING, IMPORTING, DISTRIBUTING, RETAILING AND AQUACULTURE

The process to obtain an organic licence in these categories is very straightforward - simply complete the relevant application form (available on the website) and submit to Organic Trust together with the items specified on the final page of the relevant application form - if you require clarification on any point of the application process, simply telephone Helen Scully on 01 8530271 and your queries can be responded to immediately.

Potential processors (including importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers) may wish to avail of the Organic Trust's competitively priced Adequacy Audit (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 details of the Organic Farming Scheme (when re-opened to new entrants) 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 entrants prior to 01.01.2021.

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 http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organiccapitalinvestmentschemeocis/

Steps to Take (All New Operators):

  1. Obtain a free application pack from the Organic Trust office (01 8530271).  Complete the relevant application form and other relevant documentation (checklist on last page of the form).    
  2. Processors should ascertain if they feel they need for a pre-inspection adequacy audit - please contact the Organic Trust office for details (01 8530271)
  3. Return the completed application documentation 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 CLG, 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.

Organic Trust application forms

Application Pack for Producers – One Stop Shop

Application form for Producers
Conversion Plan Template
Schedule of Area
Field History
Org1 DAFM Registration Form

Information Sheets - Dairy, Grain & Horticulture Production

Introduction to Organic Horticulture
Cereal Production
Organic Dairy Production
Weanling, Beef & Lamb Production
Organic Poultry Production

Application form for Processers

Application form for Retailers

Application Form - Aquaculture

Application Form - Mushroom Production

Application Form - Pot, Container, Sprouted Grain Production


Organic Trust standards manual.

Standards Amendments Register

Standards manual

Third Country Imports

Consolidated Commission Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008

(excluding 2329-2017 which can be accessed below)

2017-2329


Organic Trust Feed, Seed Rules and Forms

Livestock Sales Declaration Form issue 08

Seed derogation

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