IFA Calls For Government Commission Of Investigation Into The Beef Sector

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to establish a statutory Commission of Investigation into the beef sector to establish processor and retailer margins along the supply chain. Mr. Healy said that the terms of reference would have to be agreed with farmers, but the Commission should have full […]

IFA Encourages Farmers To Apply For New €100m BEAM Scheme

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has strongly encouraged all eligible beef and suckler farmers to apply for the new €100m BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure). The scheme will open next Monday, Aug 19th and close on Sunday, Sept 8th. He said the Department of Agriculture have published the terms and conditions for the scheme, […]

IFA Welcomes Review Of Forestry Planting Application Process

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally has welcomed Minister Doyle’s appointment of Jim Mackinnon, former chief planner with the Scottish Government to undertake a review of the forestry planting application process. He said that the level of red tape associated with planting and managing small family forests is excessive and is a major deterrent to […]

Farmers With Ash Dieback Must Be Given Option Not To Replant – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that farmers that have been affected by the ash dieback disease must be given the option not to replant, without penalties. “Many of the farmers affected by ash dieback feel abandoned by this Government”, said Mr. Nally.  He said farmers were never been properly compensated for the financial […]

Budget 2020: Government Must Support The Sustainable Growth Of Ireland’s Agricultural Sector

Launching the IFA pre-Budget Submission – FARMING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – in Dublin today (Wed), IFA President Joe Healy said a progressive Budget 2020, that supports Irish farmers to develop sustainably is imperative, given the immediate threats and long-term challenges facing the sector. These include; agriculture’s exposure to Brexit, Mercosur, the beef crisis, the battle to maintain […]

IFA Campaign Against AIB Loan Sales

The IFA has committed to a sustained campaign against AIB’s proposal to include certain farmer loans as part of its recently announced loan sale. Speaking as part of a group of IFA members outside the AIB AGM in Dublin, IFA’s Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton said, “It is wrong that AIB would sell these loans to […]

Increased Anti-dumping Funding Must Lead To Prosecutions – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the 50% increase in funding to tackle illegal dumping. He has also called for increased prosecutions by local authorities. Thomas Cooney said, “Farm families and rural dwellers are the real custodians of the environment. They are sickened by the abhorrent behaviour of passing motorists and serial dumpers who […]

Applications for Expanded National Walks Scheme now open

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the opening up of applications for the National Walks Scheme, which will double the number of national walks and benefit up to 2,000 farmers.   At a meeting in Dublin today with the Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, the Minister confirmed to IFA that the €2m […]

IFA criticise Minister Madigan for failing to allow burning in March

IFA National Hill Farming Chairman Flor McCarthy has criticised the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Culture Josepha Madigan for not allowing managed burning of gorse to take place in March. “The Minister has failed to take account of how farmers manage their hill land responsibly and where land is burned, it is done in a […]

State Aid Limit will be Inadequate Given What’s Ahead in the Event of a Crash Out Brexit

IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission decision to increase the limit on State Aid for farmers from €15,000 to €25,000 is an important first step in what could be facing farmers in the event of a crash out Brexit, but warned that significantly more funding would be needed in a worst- case scenario. […]

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