IFA Says No Area Must Lose Out In ANC Review

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said sufficient flexibilities are available to ensure areas currently designated as ANC can be fully protected in the upcoming review. Minister Creed must give assurances to farmers that they will not lose out in the upcoming ANC review when maps are published later this year.   Joe Brady […]

Time For Action On Factories And Cattle Prices – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said cattle farmers would have expected a lot more action from Minister Creed and the Government in calling the factories to task on the cattle price issue.   He repeated his call on Minister Creed to call in the factories and tell them bluntly to stop cutting the cattle price. “It’s […]

Government Must Halt Decline Of Ireland’s Tillage Sector – IFA

IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has told Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the Government must halt the continued decline of the Irish tillage sector. Since 2008, the area planted to the main cereal crops has reduced by 67,500ha, which represents a drop of over 20%. This stark reality confirms that tillage must be […]

Farmers Need Drought Measures – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has said urgent actions are needed to help farmers in the current drought situation.  “The current situation is unprecedented and is causing huge financial pressures on farms and huge stress for farmers,” he said.   “What we now need is real leadership from the Minister and our Government to assist farmers […]

Important To Maintain Momentum On Fair Deal Changes For Farm Families – IFA

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Caroline Farrell has acknowledged the decision by Cabinet to reduce the burden on farm families with the introduction of a three-year cap on farm business assets under the Fair Deal scheme. She said it was important to move this forward in a speedy manner.   Caroline Farrell also said […]

Teagasc’s Climate Blueprint Must Be Underpinned By Action – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”. He said it also outlines the areas that the national farm advisory network must focus on, to ensure that […]

Co-Ops Need To Start Working On Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said that co-ops owe it to their suppliers to reflect in their May milk price decisions the 4.8c/l increase in EU returns and the several points higher than expected 105.4 pts May PPI.   “The time for price cuts is now over. While cuts in supports by both Lakeland […]

IFA Sets Priorities On CAP Rural Development

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must deliver a well-financed and ambitious Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the forthcoming CAP negotiations – that was the clear message from the IFA National Rural Development Committee meeting.   As a first priority it is vital that the funding available in the current RDP is fully utilised, Rural Development […]

Government Must Fight Back Agains CAP Budget Cut

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels. “The fundamental issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget. It is completely unacceptable that […]

Flood Risk Management Projects Should Be Fast-Tracked – IFA

Attending the launch of the  Flood Risk Management Plans in Athlone, IFA Flood Project Team Chairman Padraic Joyce said the progress was welcome, but farmland impacted by flooding has to be part of the plans.   The CFRAMS cannot focus on urban areas alone and has to be extended to provide flood risk management plans […]

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