Young Farmers’ Scheme information evening

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The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) have announced that they will be working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide an evening of information and support on the Young Farmers’ Scheme.

The event, which is open to the general public, will take place on Wednesday 4th March at CAFRE, Loughry Campus, Cookstown at 7.45pm in the conference hall, which can be found in the admin building.

This event is expected to have a large volume in attendance due to the popularity and nature of the proceedings, to ensure your place please register with Heather at YFCU headquarters: heather.stewart@yfcu.org or 028 9037 0713.

The Young Farmers’ Scheme provides a payment which will provide an annual top-up to the Basic Payment Scheme according to the official DARD website the Young Farmers’ Payment will be, “for those farmers who meet the eligibility criteria”.

The CAP regulations define “young farmers” as natural persons who are setting up for the first time an agricultural holding as head of the holding, or who have already set up such a holding during the five years preceding the first submission of an application under the 
Basic Payment Scheme and who are no more than 40 years of age in the year of submission of their first application for the Basic Payment Scheme.

The evening’s proceedings, organised by the YFCU, will have a panel of representatives who will provide details of what the scheme entails and what is required to be eligible including accountant, William Henry, partner in Moore Stephens, Kate Ervine, solicitor from John P Hagan Solicitors, DARD representatives, Sharon Flynn, head of EU area based schemes reform branch and John Lynn, countryside management delivery.

Those that wish to come and find out if they are eligible are welcome to bring along other partners in the business, however YFCU urge you to contact headquarters to ensure they get a space at the event.

To check your eligibility for the scheme you can visit the DARD website under the Young Farmers’ Payment.