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2015 Organic Farming Scheme Open for Applications

News | 21 Apr 2015

The Organic Trust welcomed the immediate opening of the 2015 Organic Farming Scheme by the Minister of State Tom Hayes TD. Minister Hayes made this announcement during a visit to the farm of Mr John Purcell, Good Herdsmen. New entrants to the Organic Farming Scheme are urged to submit their applications to the Organic Trust as soon as possible. The Organic Trust is then required to register all new entrants with the Organic Unit of the Department as soon as they are received - only new entrants registered with the Department will be able to access the OFS on-line application system. Applications for the 2015 Organic Farming Scheme will close on May 29th 2015.

For new applicants who have not already submitted their application documentation to the Organic Trust Ltd, the following requirements apply:

Obtain a free application pack from the Organic Trust - phone 01 8530271 or email info@organictrust.ie supplying your name, address and a mobile number and the pack will be despatched to you immediately.  Alternatively, please download a producer application form from the following link Producer application form and return the form to our office, together with the items specified on the checklist on the last page of the form - thank you!

Following a review of your application documentation, the Organic Trust will forward you a letter which contains a range of relevant information including your licence number.

The Organic Trust Ltd will then immediately register your details with the Organic Unit of the Department which will ensure that you are able to complete your OFS on-line application - please note that only new operators registered with the Organic Unit of DAFM will be able to access the on-line system.

In 2015, the OFS is an on-line application system only which will require that you are registered for the Department's on-line services.  If you are not already registered for on-line services with the Department, then you can register now via the following link: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agfoodinformationpages/  This link is also used for your on-line OFS application - simply logon onto the Department's on-line services using your username and password and click on the Organic Farming Scheme option.

A requirement of the Organic Farming Scheme is completion of the mandatory organic training course - if you have not already completed the course, please register your name on the Teagasc waiting list for nationwide courses to be held in the summer of 2015 http://www.teagasc.ie/organics/training.asp

2015 OFS participants must have completed the mandatory training course by September 1st.

Copies of the Organic Farming Scheme terms and conditions are available from http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organicfarmingscheme/     2015 OFS Payment Rates are available on the .pdf download below.

The Organic Trust is available to answer any queries which you may have - simply telephone Helen, Raedi or Brian on 01 8530271 and we will be pleased to assist you  - thank you!

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