Closing date approaches for EFS Higher Tranche 6

Date published: 06 May 2022

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has confirmed the closing date for applications for the sixth tranche of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Higher level is Friday 13 May 2022.

It is anticipated the EFS Higher Tranche 6 agreements will start 1 January 2023 and run for five years to 31 December 2027.

If the number of applications exceeds the funding available, applications will be ranked and those providing the highest environmental benefit will be selected. You are encouraged to apply for EFS. You are not committed to the Scheme until you return a signed agreement to DAERA.

For more information on the EFS:

  • visit the DAERA website
  • Check if your land is eligible via DAERA’s Online Services
  • For assistance to complete your application, you can call the EFS Advisory Service on 0300 200 7848.

Notes to editors: 

  1. EFS supports farmers to implement environmentally beneficial actions and works on their land. It aims to protect and enhance biodiversity and water quality, and mitigate against climate change by sequestering carbon.
  2. EFS Higher Level aims to deliver site-specific management of environmentally designated sites and other priority habitats. Agreements usually involve payment for implementing a particular grazing regime, and can include other measures such as scrub, bracken or rush control.
  3. The Environmental Farming Scheme is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
  4. Follow DAERA on Twitter and Facebook.
  5. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office:
  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours’ service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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