ACA was established in 1979 with its business name registered in 1981 to represent Independent Agricultural Consultants in Ireland.
Who We Are
The Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) are the sole representative body for private agricultural consultants and advisors in Ireland. Currently the ACA have in excess of 165 member offices in Ireland, employing circa 280 Agricultural and Environmental professionals and a 130 employed as administration and technical staff. 11 ACA members are Forestry Consultants.
The latest Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) statistics in 2019/2020 indicate that our members provide independent advisory support services and knowledge transfer to over 55,000 Irish farmers across a wide range of programmes and schemes. ACA are presently the largest provider of farm advisory services to farmers in Ireland. The DAFM have confirmed our current market share over a range of Agricultural Schemes is as follows:
- TAMS – 80% of applications completed.
- Nutrient Management Plans and Nitrates Derogation applications – 76%.
- DAFM Knowledge Transfer Programme – 52% of groups in Ireland were facilitated by ACA members.
- Basic Payment Scheme applications – 58%.
ACA members must have a minimum of a level 8 qualification in Agriculture, Horticulture or Forestry. Members must have Professional Indemnity, abide by the Association’s Constitution and Code of Ethics and comply with the annual requirements of Continuous Professional Development. Members can be located in every county in Ireland by visiting the ‘Find a Member’ section on this website.
New members need a minimum level of two years’ experience and evidence of professional indemnity insurance and can register their interest in the ‘Become a Member’ section on this website