August 11th 2022
Key details of the Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) have been released in the last week by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
These include the payment rates for the various general action that can be taken under the scheme.
All farmers in the scheme will be able to pick from among these actions, but some farmers will be restricted in what options they can pick.
This will depend on whether they are in the ACRES Co-operation or ACRES General approach, and which priority tier of the scheme they are in.
Farmers in ACRES General who have the most environmentally important land will be in ‘Tier 1’, giving them priority access to the scheme.
Tier 1 farmers will include the following:
Farmers who are not eligible for Tier 1 may instead be eligible for Tier 2, which will give them the second highest level of priority access to ACRES.
Tier 2 farmers will include the following:
Farmers who do not fall into any of the above tiers are considered to be in Tier 3, reflecting no particular priority access to ACRES.
For these farmers, the full slate of actions is available to choose from.
All farmer should note the following points on general actions:
The full list of actions, their specifications and payment rates are outlined in the table below:
|Action||Margin width||Min.||Max.||Completion deadline||Rate|
|Barn owl nest box||1 box||2 boxes||July 31, 2023||€36.48/unit/year|
|Brassica fodder stubble||0.5ha||10ha||July 31 each year||€120/ha/yr|
(6ha Tier 2)
|20ha||September 15 each year||€173.20/ha/yr|
|Up to €220/ha|
|Conservation of rare|
|0.1 livestock units (LU)||20LU||€200/LU/yr|
|Coppicing of hedgerows||10m||400m||December 31, 2024||€2.87/m/yr|
management of arable
|1.5ha||5ha||March 31 (cultivation); September 15 (catch crops)||€1,047/ha/yr|
|Geese and swans||n/a (0.5ha Tier 1)||€205/ha/year|
|Grass margins (arable)||3-8m||10m (500m Tier 2)||2,500m||May 15, 2023||€0.38-€1.01/m/year|
|Grass margins (grassland)||2-6m||10m (500m Tier 2)||2,500m||May 15, 2023||€1-€1.37/m/year|
|Laying of hedgerows||10m||400m||December 31, 2024||€5.47/m/year|
|Low-emission slurry spreading||50m3||€1.20/m3/year|
|Low-input grassland (results-based)||0.25ha||10ha||Up to €400/ha/year|
|Low-input peat grassland (results-based)||0.25ha (0.50ha Tier 2)||10ha||Up to €400/ha/year|
|Management of intensive grassland next to watercourse||0.5ha||5ha||€502/ha/year|
|Min-till||0.5ha (10ha Tier 2)||50ha||€40/ha/year|
|Over winter stubble||0.5ha (4ha Tier 2)||50ha||€86/ha/year|
|Planting a new hedgerow||10m||750m||March 31. 2024||€5.29/m/year|
|Planting a traditional orchard||one orchard of 10 trees||one orchard of 10 trees||March 31, 2024||€27.49/tree/year|
|Planting trees in riparian buffer zones||10 trees||200 trees||March 31, 2024||€3.18/tree/year|
|Protection/maintenance of monuments (arable)||1||10||May 31, 2023||€209/unit/year|
|Protection/maintenance of monuments (grassland)||1||10||May 31, 2023||€125/unit/year|
|Riparian buffer strip (arable)||3-8m||10m||May 31, 2023||€0.38-€1.02/m/year|
|Riparian buffer strip (grassland)||1.5-6m||10m||July 31, 2023||€0.38/m/year|
|Riparian buffer zone (arable)||0.04ha||2ha||May 31, 2023||€1,242/ha/year|
|Riparian buffer zone (grassland)||0.04ha||2ha||July 31, 2023||€1,530/ha/year|
|Ryegrass seed set as winter bird food||10m||2,500m||June 1 each year||€1.37/m/year|
|Traditional stone wall maintenance||10m||4,000m||€0.76/m/year|
|Tree belts for ammonia capture from farmyards||0.18ha||0.5ha||March 31, 2024||Up to €2,514/yr|
|Tree planting||10 trees (100 trees Tier 2)||300 trees||March 31, 2024||€6.21/tree/year|
|Unharvested cereal headlands||12-30m||10m||1,500m||€1.26-€3.15/m/year|
|Winter bird food plot||0.25ha||3ha||May 15, each year||€1,000/ha/year|
|Winter bird food strip||6-8m||10m||2,500m||May 15 each year||€0.98-€1.31/m/year|
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