ORGANIC FARMING SCHEME 2021 – currently closed to new applicants.
The Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) is currently closed to new applicants. In 2021 it opened on March 1st and closed on April 30th. Please note that you can convert your farm to organic at any time however it is not possible to avail of the OFS until the scheme opens again.
Fill out an application form which you can download by clicking on the orange button below. Next fill out the ORG 1 Form which you will find on the link below the orange box.
Register with the Department by clicking on the orange button below.
Once the IOA have received your Application Form and ORG 1 Form we will notify the Department and they will enable you to register via the agfood portal.
Terms and Conditions of the Organic Farming Scheme
The Organic Farming Scheme is operated by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. To read the Terms and Conditions of the scheme which opened in 2021 CLICK HERE . There is additional information on the DAFM website such as guidelines for applicants on the process.
A Selection and Ranking Criteria was part of the Terms and Conditions in 2021 which can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
ORGANIC CONVERSION PLAN
Here you will find information on how to design your conversion plan which is part of your application process to convert to organic farming.
ORGANIC PRODUCTION PRINCIPLES COURSE
As part of the terms and conditions of acceptance onto the Organic Farming Scheme farmers must complete a 25 hour Organic Production Principles Course. A certificate of completion must be uploaded on or before April 1st 2022. These courses are offered by various providers around the country. Due to COVID-19 the courses will be online this year.
Teagasc provide this training course, to find out more CLICK HERE. The National Organic Training Skillnet also provide courses and they are running them in March, May and July in 2021, to find out more about NOTS course CLICK HERE.
ORGANIC FARMING SCHEME PAYMENT RATES
The payment rates were revised in 2020 and are as follows:
|Horticulture Area ≤ 6 hectares (ha)||Horticulture Area > 6ha and up to 60ha||Horticulture Area>60 ha|
|Full organic status||€200/ha||€170/ha||€30/ha|
Tillage Holdings: Organic tillage producers, with tillage area of six hectares or more, are eligible for the following payments
|Tillage Area ≤ 20 hectares (ha)||Farmed Area > 20ha and up to 60ha||Farmed Area > 60 ha|
|Full organic status||€170/ha||€170/ha||€30/ha|
All Other Holdings:
|Farmed Area of ≥ 3ha up to 60ha||Farmed Area > 60ha|
|Full organic status||€170/ha||€30/ha|
Organic Capital Investment Scheme (OCIS)
This is a grand aid scheme that is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. To find out how to apply and the terms and conditions CLICK HERE