Nationwide Competition For People With Ideas To Tackle Social Issues

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS IRELAND reissued the call for ambitious individuals with ideas and projects to tackle social problems, to apply to the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards 2018, supported by DCC plc, as the application deadline approaches. The deadline has been extended to March 23rd at 5pm. Those interested in applying are encouraged to log on to With just days […]

Agriculture Sector Prioritised In Work Permits Review – IFA

Following a meeting with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) Heather Humphreys, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Minister that her Department is treating the review of the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) as a matter of urgency.   The […]

Second Thinning Grant Introduced For Broadleaf Forests

National Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has updated farmers that a second thinning grant of €500/ha is now available under the Woodland Improvement Scheme to support farmers to undertake essential management.   He said, “Thinning and tending are essential operations to improve individual stem quality and the overall quality of the forest. From a commercial […]

Glanbia Milk Price Decision Extremely Disappointing – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today (Monday) said the decision by Glanbia to cut the February milk price by a massive 3c/l is extremely disappointing, as farmers have just gone through a long, cold and wet winter, only to experience an extremely late spring and the most severe snow storm in a generation right […]

IFA Welcomes 20% Increase In Forest Road Grant

IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has welcomed the 20% increase in the length of forest road grand aided under the Forest Road Scheme secured under the Mid-term Review of the Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020. The length is increased from 20m/ha to 25m/ha.   He said, “This is a very important increase; the […]

Smart Farming 2018 To Focus On Delivering Cost Savings

Smart Farming, the voluntary cost saving initiative led by IFA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin its 2018 work programme in April, identifying ways to improve farm returns and enhance the environment.   In 2018, more than 1,200 farmers across 50 discussion groups, IFA branches and purchasing groups will get involved […]

IFA Says Law Reform Commission’s Proposal Will Undermine Property Rights

IFA President Joe Healy has strongly rejected proposals by the Law Reform Commission that could see farmers receive less for their land acquired under state Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs). Proposed changes to the law would reduce the compensation paid to property owners impacted by infrastructure developments. Furthermore, the IFA President said that the proposals could […]

Co-Ops Have Better Understanding Of Pressures On Farmers – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said differences between the milk price cuts announced by milk purchasers so far, from 1c/l from Lakeland to a massive 3c/l from Glanbia, show differences in the appreciation the co-ops have of the very real pressures a long winter, late spring and the most severe snow storm […]

Agri Aware Takes To The Skies At Dublin Airport This Spring

Agri Aware, Ireland’s independent agri-food educational body has today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign in Dublin Airport this Spring. The campaign entitled “My land, your land – Ireland”  is perfectly timed with the airport set to be thronged with revellers heading to the ever popular Cheltenham Festival and the large influx of diaspora set […]

Farmers Want Responsible Management Of Intervention Stock And Buy-In – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has taken issue with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’s statement warning farmers not to expect the EU would “bail them out” if milk prices drop.   Farmers do not want a bail out, Mr Phelan said, they want the EU Commission to live up to its responsibilities on […]

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