This section provides information and guidance for the Environmental Farming Scheme.

Prepare now for your application to EFS Wider Tranche 5 due to open in mid-August.  Consider which scheme options might suit your farm business. Choose from hedge or tree planting, riparian margins, arable margins and more.

Keep on track with EFS - Four 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 2021 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 2021 you must complete your EFS training online as soon as possible. Your payment depends on it. Find more information here.

Drinking Trough pipework requirements:- If you started your EFS agreement in January 2021 and it contains Drinking Trough Pipework (DTP), you must complete the works by 31 December and return the DTP reply slip. Click here for more information. Please note DTP is currently under review and may not be available for Tranche 5 applicants.

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

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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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