Single Farm Payment Eligible for New Forestry

February 14, 2014

Single Farm Payment Eligible for New Forestry

Forest Enterprises Ltd. welcomed the announcement made by Minister Tom Hayes that Single Farm Payment is eligible for new forestry land.

Daragh little MD of FEL and Chairman of IFFPA commenting on the minister’s announcement said, “As chairman of IFFPA, I have been working very hard with the Department and the minister to make sure forestry continued to qualify as an eligible crop. This announcement is the culmination of this work and I very much welcome it. The uncertainty was damaging afforestation and causing planting levels to fall. The announcement means that farmers can plant their lend safe in the knowledge that it will not affect their Single Farm Payment. This forestry premium coupled with SFP provides farmers with a real boost to their income especially on agricultural land”.

For more information on the announcement please see the below press release issued by the Ministers office. For more information on forestry please contact FEL on 1800 719 399 or email




The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, welcomed the formal confirmation from the European Commission of the prolongation of the State aid approval for the Forestry Programme which has facilitated the re-opening of the Afforestation and other support schemes.

Commenting, Minister Hayes stated “this formal notification of the prolongation of the State Aid allows my Department to continue to financially support applications for afforestation and the range of supports schemes, including roads, pending the development of new Schemes under the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020.  The terms and conditions of the current Schemes including 20 year premiums and current rates of grant and premium payments will continue to apply to applications financially approved up to and including 30 June 2014”.  He added “the registered foresters and forestry companies who act on behalf of applicants have been informed of the re-opening of the schemes and we’re now open for business”.

Minister Hayes also stated that he was pleased  to confirm for prospective forestry applicants, that the current arrangement whereby  payment of the forest premium and the Single Farm Payment on the same land will continue under the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020.  The same rules will apply as before, the main one being that the land being planted must have been eligible to draw down Single Farm Payment in 2008.  “I am aware that some people have been holding off on making decisions to plant forestry because of concerns about their future Single farm Payment entitlements. I am happy to provide them with the necessary assurance to enable them to opt for forestry and the attractive incentives that are available to plant”.