The Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) offers participants a 5-year agreement to deliver a range of environmental measures and has three levels:

  • a Higher Level, primarily for environmentally designated sites and other priority habitats
  • a Wider Level to deliver benefits across the countryside, outside of environmentally designated areas
  • a Group Level to support co-operative action by farmers in specific areas such as a river catchment

The Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) – Higher Level Tranche 6 is now closed for applications.

Applications which deliver most environmental benefit for the scheme objectives of restoring, preserving and enhancing biodiversity, improving water quality and mitigating against climate change will receive priority entry into the scheme.

Keep on track with EFS - Three essential steps

Claim management:- Your EFS claim must be made on the Single application during each of the 5 years of your agreement. If your agreement commenced on 1 January 2022 you have until 31 December to complete the work. If it becomes clear that you will not complete all of the EFS work claimed for, you can reduce your claim using an EFS SAF3 where you have not been notified of an inspection. Find more information here.

EFS training online:- If you started your EFS agreement in January 2022 you must complete your EFS training online as soon as possible. Your payment depends on it. Find more information here.

Keep field records:- Find more information for record keeping for EFS Wider here and EFS Higher Here.


Related to Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS)

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs including Freedom of Information (FOI), Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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