The Dept. of Agriculture have published the long awaited guidelines on what constitutes "eligible" land. This document will be posted out to every farmer in the coming weeks. In addition a series of information meetings will be held for farm advisors over the next week. The first of these is tomorrow night in Carrick on Shannon.
I will reserve judgement until after that meeting but I am certain that many advisors will be very irate that the issue of defining eligible land has been left so late in the process. This is of particular concern as many of the BPS applications already made will have to be re-examined to determine if an amendment is required. Expect to hear calls for application closing dates to be pushed back as far as mid June. We will have to wait and see how the Dept. of Agriculture react to this.
A copy of the booklet can be downloaded by following the link below.