IFA and Bord Gáis Energy Launch New Solar Energy Pilot

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy launched a comprehensive solar pilot for farmers today. The project, which has been in development for over a year, reached a key milestone this week with the successful installation and commissioning of two farms. Martin Stapleton, Chairman of IFA Member Services said, “IFA and Bord Gáis Energy have invested a […]

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 […]

Farmer Co-operation Central To Achieving Ireland’s Electricity Future – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s paramount that both EirGrid and the ESB fully recognise and respect that the co-operation of farmers is essential to the development of grid infrastructure in Ireland.  Meeting the 500MW micro-generation target by 2030 as outlined in the EirGrid Roadmap ‘Shaping our Electricity Future’ can only be achieved with farmer […]

On National Potato Day, Consumers Asked to Support Local Growers

On National Potato Day, IFA President Tim Cullinan has called on consumers, retailers and the foodservice sector to support Irish potato growers. “It’s a critical indigenous sector, worth €111m at the farm gate. 400 growers plant over 8,000 hectares annually. They supply high quality, nutritious produce to Irish consumers throughout the year,” he said. “Potatoes […]

Review of TAMS Costings Must Include All Applications Approved Under Tranche 22

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue that the review of the reference costings for grant-aided work under the TAMS on-farm investment scheme is complete. The Department of Agriculture carried out this costings review, and the changes will be implemented from the opening of TAMS […]

Vulture Fund Must Engage Constructively Following Removal of Farm from Online Auction – IFA

The Chair of IFA Debt Support Service, Martin Stapleton, has called on vulture fund “Everyday” to engage constructively with IFA to agree on a solution with the Conway family in Co Offaly. The Conway family farm was removed from an online sale this morning following a protest at the family farm by the Rhode branch of IFA and […]

List of County Towns Announced for IFA’s Day of Action

IFA has announced the list of county towns for the nationwide Day of Action tomorrow. Farmers in each of the 29 County Executives will hold a rally at 11am to highlight the importance of the farming and agri-food sector to the rural economy. IFA President Tim Cullinan said critical decisions are imminent which will have […]

IFA Employment Seminar to address legislation, legal & insurance issues

IFA is holding an Employment Seminar ‘Employment Compliance for FarmerEmployers’ on Thurs, 6th May at 7.30 pm. The event will take place over Microsoft Teams. The seminar will include an expert panel to discuss the importance of compliancefor farmer employers and an overview of its new employment service. The panel will take farmer employers through the main issues around employment legislation and the important legal, insurance, and other issues […]

IFA meet Tanaiste on proposed Mercosur deal to bring more beef from Brazil

IFA President Tim Cullinan held a meeting with the Tanáiste and Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar yesterday, at which he insisted that the Government must reject the proposed EU Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.  “By any measure, the Mercosur countries, particularly Brazil, have failed to meet the […]

Phantom Farm and Processor names used by Retailers are a Disgrace – IFA

IFA’s campaign against the branding policy by retailers has been expanded to highlight other food products which use fictitious names. IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s time to call retailers out. “They are using their own brands to drive down the prices they pay to their suppliers. These brands displace well-established ones that return a […]

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