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NEXT IN LINE Billy Flynn looks at the latest incarnation of agri-environmental schemes, GLAS.

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et ready to hear the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GLASâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a lot in the near future. Last April the EU Commission sent a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;letter of comfortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that will Ã&#x2026;VITTaITTW_\PMU\WIK\Q^I\M\PMWVTQVM[a[\MU and submit the many thousands of applications NWZQVKT][QWVQV\PMVM_IOZQMV^QZWVUMV\[KPMUM<PMVIUM/4); ·\PM1ZQ[PNWZOZMMVWNKW]Z[M·LMZQ^M[NZWU\PMQ\[N]TT\Q\TM"/ZMMV 4W_+IZJWV)OZQ-V^QZWVUMV\;KPMUM1)UWZMKTM^MZVIUM\PIV Q\[XZMLMKM[[WZ[:-8;IVL)-7;J]\_QTTQ\JMI[MNNMK\Q^M')TZMILa Gerry Gunning of the Irish Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association has described it as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;poor relationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of these now defunct schemes2. Nonetheless, up to NIZUMZ[IZMM`XMK\ML\W[QOV]XW^MZ\PMVM`\aMIZWZ[W_Q\P 30,000 expected to join by last Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline. <PMMV\QZMTaWVTQVMIXXTQKI\QWV[a[\MUPI[JMMV[\aUQMLJaXWWZ broadband penetration in some rural areas which will probably come I[VW[]ZXZQ[M\WUIVaWNW]ZZMILMZ[)XW[[QJTM[XQVWNNJMVMÃ&#x2026;\ might be that the huge numbers requiring better broadband might encourage the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to up its game in this regard. Online farming newspaper AgrilandPI[ZMXWZ\ML\PMWVTQVM[a[\MUI[JMQVO»]VÃ&#x2026;\NWZX]ZXW[M3 but around 10,000 farmers had reportedly signed up at time of writing.

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<QMZKWUXZQ[M[ITT\PM8ZQWZQ\a-V^QZWVUMV\IT)[[M\[QLMV\QÃ&#x2026;ML NWZ[]XXWZ\\PZW]OP\PM[KPMUMIVL\IZOM\QVO^]TVMZIJTMTIVL[KIXM[ â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;importantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bird-species and protection of high-status watercourses. <QMZIT[WQLMV\QÃ&#x2026;M[I[MZQM[WN8ZQWZQ\a-V^QZWVUMV\IT)K\QWV[NWZ [XMKQÃ&#x2026;KKWPWZ\[WNNIZUMZ[\IZOM\QVOKTQUI\MKPIVOMUQ\QOI\QWVIVL farmland birds. <QMZNWK][M[WV_I\MZY]ITQ\a\PZW]OPXZW\MK\QWVWN XZMLM\MZUQVML^]TVMZIJTM_I\MZKW]Z[M[J]\IT[WKWV[QLMZ[XZWXW[IT[ from other farmers who are prepared to take on predetermined actions that also target climate change mitigation and support farmland birds. <QMZQ[IUMV]WNKWUXTMUMV\IZaMV^QZWVUMV\ITIK\QWV[NWZ IXXTQKIV\[IXXZW^MLQV\W<QMZ[IVLI[_MTTI[IKPIVVMTNWZJI[QK entry to the scheme in its own right. It includes actions such as the protection of traditional hay meadows, low input permanent pastures, important landscape features like archaeological monuments, PMLOMZW_[IVL[\WVM_ITT[I[_MTTI[XZW^Q[QWVWNJQZLJI\IVLJMM VM[\QVONIKQTQ\QM[IVL\PMXTIV\QVOWN[UITTOZW^M[WNVI\Q^M\ZMM[ <PM8ZQWZQ\a-V^QZWVUMV\IT)[[M\[ITTW_QVOMV\Za\W<QMZQVKT]LM 6I\]ZI;Q\M[XZW\MK\MLIZMI[NWZJQWLQ^MZ[Q\a]VLMZ-=TI__Q\PQV \PMNIZUPWTLQVOJZMMLQVO_ILMZ[IVL[M^MZITW\PMZ[XMKQM[QVKT]LQVO choughs and hen harriers. Farms without such assets but whose lands ILRWQV^]TVMZIJTM_I\MZKW]Z[M[IZMMTQOQJTMNWZ<QMZ)TTW\PMZNIZU[ UIa]VLMZ\ISMI^IZQM\aWNIXXZW^ML»MV^QZWVUMV\ITIK\QWV[¼\PI\IZM IQUMLI\QVKWZXWZI\QVOJQWLQ^MZ[Q\aQV\WNIZU[IVL\PMQZIK\Q^Q\QM[ <PM[KPMUM_QTTJM_WZ\P]X\WIUI`QU]UWNÃ&#x201A;\W\PM XIZ\QKQXI\QVONIZUMZ»-`KMX\QWVIT¼MV^QZWVUMV\ITKWUUQ\UMV\ on the part of the farmer will allow for further payment under the »/TI[8T][¼/TI[[KPMUM<PQ[UQOP\QVKT]LMPIJQ\I\KZMI\QWVIVL UIQV\MVIVKMUMI[]ZM[/TI[_QTTJMOWWLVM_[NWZWZOIVQKNIZUMZ[

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Summer 2015