The EFS Higher Tranche 6 agreements are scheduled to begin on January 1, 2023 and run for five years until December 31, 2027.
If the number of applications exceeds the funding available, the applications will be ranked and those offering the greatest environmental benefit will be selected.
You are encouraged to apply for the EFS and do not commit to the program until you have returned a signed agreement to DAERA.
It also offers the possibility for farmers, whose agreements will expire in December, to reapply for the scheme, which they are encouraged to do.
EFS Higher Level provides participants with annual payments to help bring our most important environmental sites under supportive management, and is for land with environmental designations, such as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Areas of Scientific Interest (ASSI), and other priority habitat areas.
You can check if your land is eligible via DAERA’s online services.
Only companies with eligible “superior” fields will be able to submit a superior EFS application.
For more information on the EFS, visit the DAERA website at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/topics/rural-development/environmental-farming-scheme-efs
If you need help completing your application, you can call the EFS Advice Service on 0300 200 7848.