Exclusion of Farmers from Proposed Energy Support Scheme Totally Unacceptable – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that he understands that the Government intends to exclude farmers from the proposed Direct Energy Support Scheme reported in the media yesterday. “It is completely unacceptable, and a further blow to a farming sector greatly exposed by the cost of living crisis” he said.  “Irish farmers have been hit with […]

Glanbia Vote a Milestone Event for Farmers – Arthur

IFA Dairy Chairman Stephen Arthur said the outcome of today’s Glanbia SGM that will see farmers take full control of Glanbia Ireland is a milestone event. “The largest milk processor in the country is now in the hands of its farmer shareholders. The emphatic result shows that farmers want to have control of their destiny […]

Ifac urges farmers to reduce pressure on cash flow now to mitigate impact of rising costs next year

Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm is encouraging farmers to prioritise budgeting and cash flow management to mitigate the impact of rising costs and tight profit margins. From a financial perspective, 2021 has been a good year on most Irish farms. Commodity prices are up for milk, beef, lamb and crops. […]

GLAS Extension Will Provide Farmers with Certainty

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the announcement that farmers participating in GLAS 1, 2 or 3 will be offered an option to extend their contract into 2022 will provide certainty for applicants. The existing contracts are due expire next month and the extension is part of EU CAP Transitional Rules. It has been […]

Farmers Excluded from Renewable Energy Strategy

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that while the announcement today of a significant solar farm coming onto the grid in Cork is positive, the Government is failing to embrace the potential of farms to generate renewable energy. “Almost every farm has the potential to generate renewable energy for its own use and ultimately to generate […]

Farmers with TAMS work need faster response to rising building costs

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the Dept of Agriculture is not responding quickly enough to rising building costs, especially steel. The increases are having a knock-on effect on items such as LESS equipment and meal bins, which is adding significantly to costs for farmers doing TAMS work. “Delays in issuing approvals, coupled with […]

Ifac reminds farmers to take advantage of the Organic Farming Scheme

Farmers considering an application to the Organic Farming Scheme have until the 30th of April to do so, following the re-opening of the scheme earlier this month with an additional budget of €4 million for 2021. This additional funding was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa […]

Ulster Bank Cannot Throw Farmers To The Vultures

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that Ulster Bank cannot sell its loan book to a vulture fund. “It’s estimated that there are 10,000 farmers with borrowings from Ulster Bank, and a further 10,000 availing of current account facilities. Ulster Bank must make a commitment that it will not to sell its loan book to a […]

Farmers Face €40m Clawback On Flawed Beam Scheme

IFA President Tim Cullinan said IFA held a constructive and frank discussion with the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and his senior officials yesterday on the 5% reduction requirement in BEAM scheme. “There are 18,000 farmers currently not achieving the reduction, which could see these farmers having to hand back as much as €40m out […]

New incentives for Farmers to Invest in Farm Safety Equipment

IFA National Farm Business Chairperson Rose Mary McDonagh has welcomed the inclusion in the Finance Act 2020 of updated Accelerated Capital Allowances for farm safety equipment. The new scheme allows for 50% capital allowances per annum for two years for eligible equipment. Eligible equipment includes chemical storage cabinets and anti-backing gates, as well as adaptive […]

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