Macra na Feirme Confirms Flexibility in Young Farmers Schemes

President Thomas Duffy has welcomed today’s decision by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine allowing flexibility for young Irish farmers who have applied for the Young Farmers Scheme and TAMS to arrange inspection interviews over the phone instead of in person interviews. The Department has confirmed that required documents can be posted to […]

Supermacs and McDonalds cannot be used as an excuse for beef cuts- Macra na Feirme

Macra na Feirme calls for processors to not use the shift in consumer demand as an excuse to pull beef prices below their already unsustainable level. “Supermacs and McDonalds may be a massive user of beef for burgers and other products, but supermarkets are seeing unprecedented demand for products including meat products, so there is […]

McDonald’s and Other Closures require EU Commission Action – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the decision by McDonald’s to close its restaurants here and in the UK will put further pressure on the beef sector. “Unfortunately, this is what’s happening across Europe where closures have had an impact on the food service sector. However, some of this has been mitigated by an increase in […]

Arrangements for the delivery of Teagasc Services to Clients

Teagasc advisory offices are open for pre-arranged appointments only and for staff who are unable to work from home. Each Teagasc location will set up one bio-secure office for essential one-to-one consultations.  This will involve a double desk with a clear Perspex divider and a computer with 2 screens. Clients will be asked to wait […]

Energy in Agriculture 15th July 2020 – Focus on Rural Diversification

The Energy in Agriculture committee today announced their fifth consecutive year running Energy in Agriculture in Gurteen. Energy in Agriculture 2020 will focus on rural diversification, forestry and energy usage. We will hear from the champions of the sectors and their success stories. Paul Kenny CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency says ‘’Energy In Agriculture has […]

Farmers key in tracking impacts of climate change on Ireland’s biodiversity

Frog spawn, a common sight in spring. Source: Pollydot (Flickr) The National Biodiversity Data Centre, based down in Co. Waterford, is inviting members of the farming community throughout Ireland to participate in a new recording scheme – Farmer’s Wildlife Calendar – Climate Tracker. The recently launched scheme aims to unravel some of the impacts that […]

Farmer Planting has declined by Almost 70% under current Forestry Programme

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that the afforestation figures show that farmer planting under the current programme has declined by 67%. “The figures make for stark reading and clearly show that farmers are disengaging from forestry, at time when we need more farmers to consider forest as a viable option as part of […]

Macra na Feirme: CAP Budget Cut Makes a Mockery of Farming and Environmental Commitments

The proposal by the EU Council to cut funding to the CAP budget has been slammed by the young farmers organisation Macra na Feirme. The proposed Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 includes €45 Billion in cuts to CAP and Natural Resources and Environment undermining all commitments made by Member States on either environmental […]

Starting a Farm Food Business – From Fork to Farm Seminar

A seminar on ‘Starting a Food Business’ will take place in Kilkenny on Wednesday morning, 4th March. The event is organised by the Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with Teagasc and Kilkenny Leader Partnership and runs from 10.45am – 1pm in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The event is targeted at people interested in diversification […]

New National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended. Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to €3m […]

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