Minister Hayes Launches ‘Land Availability for Afforestation – Exploring Opportunities for Expanding Ireland’s Forest Resource’

Minister of State for Forestry, Tom Hayes today launched Land Availability for Afforestation, - Exploring opportunities for expanding Ireland’s forest resource. The report has been compiled under the auspices of the Council for Forest Research and Development - COFORD. Speaking at the launch today Minister Hayes said “I want to thank Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, chair of the COFORD Land Availability Working Group and all the members of the group for compiling this report. It is a really important piece of work and one, I have no doubt, that will help us greatly in terms of land classification for afforestation. I am sure it will help to realise our ambitions to expand the forest land resource of the country. Together [...]

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Applying for a Forestry Premium Online

You can now apply on the Forest Service website for next year's Forestry premium. Please see below a link to a video on the Department of Agriculture's website, which will bring you through the steps to apply for the premium online, and a second link which will bring you to the application form itself. Video: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agfoodiehelpvideos/applyingforaforestrypremiumonline/ Application Form: https://agfood.agriculture.gov.ie/ssoauthagfood/individual.jsp

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Forestry income removed from the tax net

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA), the Ibec group that represents the forestry sector, today said the exemption of forestry income from the high earners’ restriction provides a major boost to forestry. Mark McAuley, Director of the IFFPA said: “The budget's removal of profits from the occupation of woodlands from the high earners’ restriction is very welcome. It will boost the whole sector. IFFPA has worked hard with the Department of Agriculture to remove forestry income from the tax net. This is a major gain and will greatly help the forestry sector to grow and prosper. "The budget’s action on forestry was essential. It properly rewards long term investment, encourages continued afforestation, ensures efficient harvesting practices and will [...]

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Forestry sector responds positively to clear-felling tax break

Forestry sector responses to the budget have been largely positive, both for the sector’s overall €113.8m allocation and for targeted tax reliefs. Forestry clear-felling income is to be tax-free as the “high earners restriction” of €80,000 for active foresters and farmers has been ended. Simon Coveney, the agriculture minister, said: “Forestry plays a huge role environmentally, economically, and socially in rural areas; and I believe the benefits of this change will be felt long into the future.” He noted that, in advance of the budget, farmers had sought income averaging over three or five years. “Instead of that, Revenue has said it is easier to remove the high earners restriction for active forestry farmers, so clear-felling is exempt. “That goes [...]

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The Forestry Company Welcomes Increased Funding for Forestry in Budget 2016

Hayes Welcomes Increased Funding for Forestry, Horticulture, Organics and Greyhound Sectors in Budget 2016 Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for the Forestry, Horticulture and Greyhound sectors has today welcomed the allocation of € 113.8 million for the 2016 forestry programme. €113.8m will be made available under the Forestry Programme in 2016. This will provide for existing premia payments and support the planting of approximately 7,000 hectares of new forests. “These new forests, in addition to their eventual value as a raw material for the processing industry, will make an important contribution towards meeting climate emission targets through carbon sequestration and fossil fuel replacement” said Minister Hayes. Referring to [...]

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New ‘Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme’ Announced by Hayes

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today announced the launch of a new Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme. The Minister of State made the announcement during his keynote address to the National Conference on ‘What shall we do with our hardwoods’, organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters, in Johnstown Castle Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath. Minister of States Hayes congratulated both organisations on organising the conference, the subject of which he noted as “very topical and follows logically from the subject of last year’s conference ‘What shall we do with our timber?” He also noted that the results of the Second [...]

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