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The Welsh Government has published details of the new Glastir Organic scheme. The main changes compared to the Organic Farming Scheme include enhanced maintenance payments, and an additional payment per hectare to cover certification fees up to maximum of £500 per agreement per year. Also there is no longer specific support for arable crops, but other elements of Glastir have arable cropping options, which organic farmers are encouraged to take advantage of.
An application window will open between the 29 September and the end of October, and a series of events will take place shortly prior to that to help farmers with their application and discuss the finer details of the scheme. Anyone who wishes to join the scheme must apply in the window; you will not be automatically transferred from the OFS.
Agreements start on 1 January 2015.
For details of the scheme and the application process read the latest edition of Cymru Organig
Current Schemes: Organic Farming Scheme/Organic Farming Conversion Scheme
Since 1999, the Welsh Government's organic farming schemes have supported farmers during organic conversion and for maintaining their organic status during the lifetime of the agreement. Recent schemes include:
Organic Farming Scheme. This scheme was introduced in 2008. Farmers who were in the scheme's forerunner were able to transfer to this scheme on 15th May 2008. In doing so they committed to organic production for a further 5 years (i.e. their agreements will end on 14th May 2013). Land that started conversion between 16 May and 22 October 2008 will also be in this scheme. Agreement holders whose agreements were due to expire in 2013 have been offered extensions until end of 2014 under the RDP transitional arrangements.
The Organic Farming Conversion Schemes (OFCS).The more recent Organic Farming Conversion Schemes (OFCS) scheme was introduced in 2009, and the application windows were also opened in the autumn of 2010 and 2011. These are also 5 year agreements.
Glastir replaces Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal and Tir Mynydd and has several elements.
Glastir Entry (previously Glastir All-Wales) is a whole farm land management scheme open to application from all farmers and land managers throughout Wales. It is designed to provide support for the delivery of environmental benefits that meet today's challenges and priorities. Successful applicants will make a commitment to deliver environmental goods for five years under a legally binding contract.
Glastir Advanced (previously called Targeted Element) is a part farm scheme which will run alongside Glastir Entry. It is intended to deliver significant improvements to the environmental status of a range of habitats, species, soils and water. This may require changes to current agricultural practices. Financial support from the Welsh Government will be targeted at locations where action will lead to the required result.
Common Land Element provides support for the delivery of environmental benefits on common land.
Glastir Woodlands provides support for land managers who wish to create new woodland and/or manage existing woodlands. The Woodlands Element will provide beneficial outcomes for a range of woodland types, species, soils and water.
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