How forestry can keep you in agriculture

  • How forestry can keep you in agriculture
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    Last year was difficult for agriculture. This year is even more complicated. As I write this, droughts are putting farmers under severe pressure. The last thing on your mind, makes the application of forestry Grant.
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Last year was difficult for agriculture. This year is even more complicated. As I write this, droughts are putting farmers under severe pressure. The last thing on your mind, makes the application of forestry Grant.

But if you’ll bear with me, there is logic. Forestry on the farm make your farm more viable: Forest premium will provide you with regular, long-term cash injection while growing on a farm asset (pun intended) provides the means for future investment in the farm.

I remember meeting a young farmer many years ago. He was not very happy that his father planted in the woods on the farm until he took over from his father and needed money to build a new barn. The son has since expanded their farm enterprise.

Diversification – not putting all your eggs in one basket is always a reasonable and prudent thing to do.

That’s why I think now is a good time to consider forestry on the farm. It takes time for applications to be assessed. This will allow the planting of trees will take place before the end of winter. It’s a good idea to have all the trees planted in late March.

On the contrary, if You go during the winter, the approval can come through very late in the planting season.

This in turn will lead to very late planting and high-risk strategies, leading to higher tree mortality. I have falls in the risk of late seeding in some cases and unfortunately, many later (too late?) the planting projects will lead to high mortality tree this year.

So, where do you start? Well, your first port of call is your Advisor local forestry.

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He or she will be able to specify if your ground is likely to be eligible for forestry Grant aid, will guide you through the maze of options, their pros and cons, the effect on other farm schemes, to explain the various stages of the process and how to make sure the job is done right the first time. Contact details can be found on www.teagasc.ie/forestry.

Once you understand what is involved and consequences, the next step is to select ‘registered Forester’.

This is a very important decision as the registered Forester will act as your agent and make the request on Your behalf.

If the application is accepted and you decide to go ahead, then this person will continue to participate in coordinating some or all of the work. Registered Foresters work in the private sector or as a consultant Foresters or added in enterprises of wood industry.

A list of registered Foresters is available from your adviser local forestry or www.teagasc.ie/forestry.

How to choose the right forestry consultant / company? Well, I think it’s a good idea to discuss your plans with a number of consultants and companies. This gives them the opportunity to explain to you what they have to offer, but it is equally important that you clearly explain to them what you mean. This will help to avoid misunderstandings in the future.

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To walk the land with each consultant / company and ask for references so you can visit some of their projects in your region.

It is also a good idea to ask the neighbors about their experiences. Make sure that the consultant/company to understand how other systems support interaction with forestry. You don’t want to lose your payment BPS!

Check if the consultant/company to insure your forest. If not, I would recommend to take out such insurance themselves.

The next step is to make an application for the Grant of forestry. All the areas You are unsure of the application. The application process can take several months.

After a permit has been issued, you need to decide if you want to go ahead with the creation of forest on the farm. If you go forward, make sure you have a written contract in place before beginning any work. It is also a good idea to apply a contract to a lawyer.

That’s why summer is a great time to consider forestry: this allows You enough time to do your homework so that you can make an informed decision.

Forestry on the farm is a great idea; it allows you to farm even in difficult years like this one!

Steven Meyen is the Committee on forestry consultant; e-mail: steven.meyen@teagasc.ie

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