EFS Agreements

The Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) is a voluntary agri-environment scheme that supports farmers and land managers to carry out environmentally beneficial farming practices on agricultural land.

The aims of the scheme are to:

restore, preserve and enhance biodiversity; improve water management and water quality; reduce soil erosion and improve soil management; foster carbon conservation and sequestration in agriculture; and reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from agriculture.

EFS is made up of three levels - Wider, Higher and Group:

EFS Wider level aims to deliver benefits across the countryside outside environmentally designated sites. EFS Higher level provides site specific plans for strategically important designated sites and for priority habitats and species. EFS Group level provides support for co-operative work in specific areas for farmers in EFS Wider or Higher.

This service shows an up-to-date point for each of the EFS options and non-productive investments (NPIs) in the Higher and Wider levels.

Agreement points are derived from DAERA’s EFS Database and show the centroid of the agreement field in which the option is located. The points do not show the exact location of the option and, if there are several options in the field, the points may overlap. 

This information is extracted from the current accepted agreements updated on a nightly basis.  Note that there are a small number of EFS areas that are not included in this dataset as their options are not map based (they only have the Irish Moiled cattle option).

An accompanying EFS Scheme data layer shows polygons of EFS Higher and Wider levels.

A full list of EFS options and NPIs can be found in the Guide to EFS on the DAERA agri-environment webpage.

Data and Resources

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Creation Date June 15, 2023, 18:03 (UTC)
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