New Grant to Repair or Replace Septic Tanks Welcomed

IFA National Farm Family and Social Affairs Vice Chair Teresa Roche has welcomed the new grant for repairing or replacing existing septic tanks.   Minister Darragh O’Brien announced, from 1st January 2024, the grant available to repair, upgrade or replace septic tanks is to increase to a maximum of €12,000. It was also announced that the […]

Potato Harvest Worst in Recent Memory

IFA National Potato Committee Chair Sean Ryan said this year’s potato harvest is the worst in recent memory which is rapidly turning into a salvage operation as drills are underwater following recent flooding. “As it stands around 60% of crop remains to be harvested. Sizeable losses have occurred already which are likely substantially increase as […]

Organic Farm Scheme Re-opened to New Applicants

IFA Organic Project Team Chair John Curran welcomes the re-opening of the Organic Farm Scheme (OFS) to new entrants. The scheme will close to applicants on Friday, December 8th. The budget for the OFS has increased again this year to €57 million, up €21 million on the €36 million allocation for 2023. The OFS last […]

Horticulture Support Scheme Welcome but Must Include All Growers

IFA Fruit and Vegetable Chair Niall McCormack said that the horticulture support scheme is welcome, however, the fact that some growers will not qualify needs to be rectified in this essential support package. A support scheme with unknown payment rates does little too alleviate the financial pressure that all growers are under today. “The fact […]

ACRES Tranche 2 to open mid-October – IFA

DAFM has confirmed to IFA that Tranche 2 of ACRES will open for applications in mid-October, with no change to the terms & conditions. IFA Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins said “Getting ACRES Tranche 2 re-opened for applications as soon as possible was a key priority for IFA, and something we have continually pushed for. […]

Two Candidates to Run for IFA President

Two candidates have been nominated to run for the Presidency of IFA. At the close of nominations at 12 noon today, Francie Gorman from Laois and Martin Stapleton from Limerick had received the required number of nominations. IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe, who is acting National Returning Officer, confirmed that two nominations had been received. […]

11th Annual Green Ribbon Walk and Talk Campaign

IFA President Tim Cullinan has encouraged families to attend and support the Green Ribbon walks organised by IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland in support of the Green Ribbon campaign next month. Eleven walks have been organised in venues throughout the country during September as part of the annual Green […]

New Farming Apprenticeships are now Open for Applications

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has this week announced the launch of two new farming apprenticeships; the Farm Manager apprenticeship and the Farm Technician apprenticeship.  There will be a range of farm enterprises eligible for successful farm apprentices to be employed on including cattle, dairy, pigs, poultry, tillage and sheep […]

IFA Announce Upcoming Organic Farm Event in Monaghan

The second in a series of IFA organic farm events will take place on the farm of Mark Gillanders, Ballinagall, Co. Monaghan (H18KN24) next Thursday, August 17th at 2pm. Mark Gillanders, who is a member of the Organic Project Team, has been farming organically since 2009. Mark operates an organic beef and tillage enterprise. He […]

New Forestry Programme a Lost Opportunity – IFA

Following the EU Commission’s approval of the afforestation scheme under the new Forestry Programme today IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has described it as a lost opportunity.  “The funding for the scheme is very strong but unfortunately the way the scheme is constructed will turn many farmers off the programme. It is a lost […]

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