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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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ACRES: Over 20 general actions & the amount you can draw down

Farmers can draw down up to a maximum of €10,500 (including €3,500 for NPIs and landscape actions) under proposed payment rates for the ACRES scheme.

In its draft CAP Strategic Plan submission to the EU Commission, the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine outlined that there will be two separate ACRES measures as follows:

  • General measure with a range of activities – both general and targeted – for farmers;
  • Co-operation measure (farmers in defined high priority geographical areas, as per this news article on That’s Farming).

ACRES payment rates

The first would see a maximum payment of €7,311/farmer, while the cooperation measure would enable farmers to pocket a total of €10,500 (including €3,500 for NPIs and landscape actions).

The DAFM then published a set of general actions under the proposed scheme, and the payment rate for each.

Table 2: ACRES General (General Actions)

Action (ACRES General) Margin widths  

Per metre/year in €


€ Per ha/year 


Per unit/year


€ Per m³/year in €

Barn owl nest box       36.48  
Brassica fodder stubble      


Catch crops     173.2    
Conservation of rare breeds (per LU)1       200  
Environmental management of arable fallow     1047    
Extensively grazed pasture     200    
Geese and swans     205    
Grass Margin arable 3m 0.38      
4m 0.51      
6m 0.76      
8m 1.01      
Grass margin grassland 2m 1      
3m 1.1      
6m 1.37      
Coppicing of Hedgerows   2.87      
Laying of Hedgerow   5.47      
Low emissions slurry spreading         1.20
Management of intensive grassland next to a watercourse     502    
Minimum tillage     40    
Planting a new hedgerow   5.29      
Planting a traditional orchard       27  
Planting trees in Riparian buffer zones       3.18  
Tree Planting       6.21  
Protection and maintenance of archaeological monuments- arable       209  
Protection and maintenance of archaeological monuments- grassland       125  
Over wintered stubble     86    
Riparian buffer strip – arable


Using a habitats-based approach, delivered through both “multi-functional” prescription and results-based actions, ACRES aims to contribute “significantly” to achieving improved climate, biodiversity, air, and water quality outcomes.

An underlying principle is the location of “the right action in the right place” to maximise and enhance the contribution of actions to these objectives.

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