There was a slight drop in the number of people in Kerry applying for the Young Farmers Scheme last year.
The payment was introduced in 2015 for farmers under the age of 40 who are educated in agriculture, to help them succeed in farming; it can be paid for up to five years.
In its first year there 510 applications from Kerry, that rose to 537 in 2016, 543 in 2017, and 554 in 2018.
Last year, however, there was a slight drop to 543.
The details were revealed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine following a question from Offaly Independent TD Carol Nolan.