Good news for commonage applicants to AEOS 3. Although the scheme was over-subscribed, with 10,000 farmers applying for only 6,000 contracts, it appears that only 4,600 applicants had commonage, SAC or SPA lands. As applicants in these categories have been prioritized it would appear that all valid applications from commonage farmers will be accepted.
The situation for non commonage, non SAC/SPA farmers is more uncertain and it is likely that only one in four will be accepted into the scheme. The Dept of Agriculture will write to all applicants in the coming months confirming the status of their applications.