Important information for Farmers considering Solar.

530 Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (USSPV) or Commercial Solar Farms have sought connections onto the Irish Grid up to Jan 2017; the total MegaWatt (MW) size is 5,215 MW, covering approx 26,000 Acres. What should the Irish Farmer be looking out for when contemplating Solar? CAP subsidy or Basic Payment system (BPS). Any Agricultural land […]

IFA Launches Framework For Negotiations With Vulture Funds

IFA President Joe Healy today (Wed) announced the key principles the Association will apply in dealing with vulture funds in support of farmers with credit difficulties, as well as a strengthened farmer support network to deal with individual credit cases. The farm leader said that he wanted to send a strong and clear message that anybody […]

IFA Reiterates Call For A Full Ban On Brazilian Meat

IFA President Joe Healy has reiterated his call for a full ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU, saying the move by the EU Commission to halt only those companies implicated in the investigation is not enough.   Joe Healy said it is not credible for the EU’s policy on equivalence of standards if […]

Yara Ripping Off Farmers With Fertiliser Price Hikes – Healy

IFA President Joe Healy has accused European fertiliser manufacturers of ripping off farrners by jacking up prices since the beginning of the season.   Speaking at a protest at the Yara depot in Ringaskiddy in Cork, Joe Healy said, “Yara, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, has hit farmers with seven price increases since last June. […]

Minister Creed Must Address Sluggish GLAS Payout – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has described the pay-out of GLAS payments to farmers to date as sluggish, and called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that all 38,000 farmers are now paid the promised 85% payment without any further delay.   Joe Brady said that while the commencement of GLAS […]

Agri-Cashflow Loans Must Be Delivered In January – Joe Healy

IFA President Joe Healy has written to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, making it clear that there can be no delays in the delivery of the low cost agri-cashflow loans, and that they must be available to farmers in January.   Joe Healy said, “It is critically important that the agri-cashflow loans are available […]

Macra na Feirme Delegation Visits The European Parliament

Independent MEP Marian Harkin met with a delegation from Macra na Feirme who came and visited the European Parliament for a discussion with MEPs on current problems facing young farmers.

Time For Farmers To Be Heard In The Shannon Pipeline Debate – IFA

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has urged all farmers and their families who may be impacted by the proposed project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin to attend the Irish Water organised consultation meetings starting this week.   Thomas Cooney said, “The landowner is the most important stakeholder in […]

Lakeland Milk Price Disappointing – Co-Ops Must Provide More Significant Increases

Lakeland suppliers are very disappointed at the 1c/l increase for October milk decided by the Co-op last week, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said.   He said the Lakeland price is over 1c/l short of the Ornua PPI for October and, in the context of that and the fact that EU average […]

IFA Announces Regional Meetings To Elect New Pigs Committee

The IFA National Pigs and Pigmeat Committee is holding regional meetings to elect the 2017/2018 Committee in the week beginning Nov 21st.  The Chairman Pat O’Flaherty is encouraging all pig producers to attend to discuss the work of the Committee and put themselves forward for election to the Committee.   Pat O’ Flaherty said, “Although […]

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