• aged no more than 40 years of age at any time during the calendar year in which you first submit an application under the Basic Payment Scheme
• setting up as the head of a farm for the first time or have set one up during the five years preceding the first submission of the Basic Payment Scheme application
• finished a recognised course of education in agriculture achieving an award at FETAC level 6 or its equivalent by 17 May 2021
• have a gross off-farm income that does not exceed €40,000 in one of the tax years 2019 or 2020
If you are farming as part of a group, for example a partnership or a company, the group may be considered eligible for the scheme. See the conditions of the scheme at the bottom of this page.
Rates of payment
Successful applicants to the National Reserve receive an allocation of entitlements at national average value or a top-up to the national average value on entitlements that are below that level.
The maximum number of entitlements or top-ups allocated per applicant is dependent on the number of applications received.
Applications under the National Reserve scheme must be submitted on or before 17 May 2021 through agfood.ie
If your login or password are expired and need to be renewed please contact the Department’s helpdesk at 076 1064424. Alternatively, you can authorise an agricultural consultant or Teagasc advisor to apply on your behalf.
Terms and conditions
You must read the Terms and Conditions
2021 National Reserve and Young Farmer Scheme Terms and Conditions