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Agri Aware releases educational video on GLAS as part of its CAP after 2013 video series for farmers and the general public

Agri Aware, the independent Irish agri-food educational body, has released a new video tutorial on GLAS (Green, Low-carbon, Agri-environment Scheme) as part of its CAP after 2013 video series.

The second of six videos visits sheep and suckler farmer, Pat Gilhooley on his farm in Aughasheelin, Co Leitrim. Pat’s farm falls under the Common Agricultural Policy’s new agri-environment scheme, GLAS.

GLAS is the latest line in agri-environment schemes for Irish farmers and is a replacement for AEOS (Agri-environment Options Scheme) and REPS (Rural Environment Protection Scheme) prior to that. The GLAS scheme is ‘Green’ as it preserves our traditional hay meadows and low-input pastures and ‘Low-carbon’ as it retains the carbon stocks in soil through margins, habitat preservation and practices such as minimum tillage. And the scheme falls under ‘Agri-environment’ as it promotes agricultural actions, which introduce or continue to apply agricultural production methods compatible with the protection of the environment, water quality, the landscape and its features, endangered species of flora and fauna and climate change mitigation.

Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran says, "Our new video on GLAS is educational and engaging and I hope everyone will take the time to log on to www.agriaware.ie to learn more about GLAS. Pat farms in harmony with nature, protecting the natural water courses and wildlife on his farm with support from GLAS. Irish farmers are custodians of the landscape, providing amenity value to the Irish population in addition to playing a key role in attracting tourists to Ireland and this is very evident through our video on GLAS.”

Chief Executive of Agri Aware, Dr. Vanessa Woods, said: "Agri Aware is delighted with the positive feedback from the first of our six CAP after 2013 videos on organic farming, and we are sure that farmers and the general public will find our new video on GLAS equally as interesting and informative. The CAP after 2013 video series is the perfect platform for communicating the many benefits, as well as the importance, of the CAP after 2013 in delivering a secure supply of quality, safe, traceable and sustainably-produced food that is affordable for the consumer."

Agri Aware’s new nationwide campaign entitled 'Be Agri Aware-Put your thinking CAP on' CAP after 2013 video series aims to communicate the many benefits of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 to farmers and the general public. The series focuses on six different aspects of the CAP after 2013, namely, Organic farming, GLAS scheme, Collaborations/Producer organisations, Greening, the Young Farmer scheme and Areas of Natural Constraint.

Six farmers from across Ireland invite viewers to explore how the CAP after 2013 benefits their particular farm or rural area, how Irish farmers are adapting to the changes that the CAP after 2013 brings, as well as the benefits that it has for consumers.

The CAP after 2013 videos will be made available on Agri Aware's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/AgriAwareIRL), website (agriaware.ie/CAP) and on social media channels (www.facebook.com/AgriAware and www.twitter.com/AgriAware) for everyone to engage in.

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Farmer Pat Gilhooley from Co. Leitrim