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 […]

Greenways – Good For Rural Economy, But Not By CPO – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Kerry County Council and Transport Minister Shane Ross to halt plans to force through a recreational greenway in South Kerry by compulsorily taking farmers’ lands. Speaking at the launch of the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways in Moate, Co. Westmeath, Thomas Cooney said, “Recreational […]

Farmers Encourage To Follow Sunsmart Code To Reduce Skin Cancer Risk – IFA

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and Irish Cancer Society have joined forces as part of UK and Ireland Farm Safety Week to remind farmers and farm families of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer.   Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ireland with over […]

Energy in Agriculture 2018 Launched

On Tuesday, 21st August Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary will play host to thousands of farmers and industry representatives during Energy in Agriculture 2018 which was launched today by Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment, Denis Naughten TD. Energy in Agriculture 2018 will explore the latest renewable energy opportunities to use clean technology, […]

Drought Conditions Place Huge Pressure On Vegetable Growers

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the Teagasc report which quantifies the impact of the continuing drought on the Irish field vegetable sector. The report concludes that at best, growers have significant yield reductions while in other situations entire crops have perished.   It also details the extra financial costs incurred from irrigation etc.as growers battle to […]

New Climate Report Must Be Supported By Implementation – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the climate report published by the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and called for its proposals regarding farm-scale renewables and supports for improving on-farm efficiencies to be urgently implemented. Thomas Cooney said, “This report and the recently published climate abatement report by Teagasc, have identified the necessary actions. It is […]

Anger At Agri-Loan Delay

IFA President Joe Healy has said it is a complete farce that the agri-loan scheme announced in last October’s Budget would not be available to farmers until the end of this year.   “Farmers were already frustrated that the Minister had indicated that it would be the second half of 2018 when money would be […]

IFA Secures Almost €700 000 To Support The Recycling Of Waste Tyres

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed Environment Minister Denis Naughten’s decision to provide funding for a number of bring centres across the country to support the recycling of waste tyres, which are typically used to anchor silage pits. Thomas Cooney said, “IFA has lobbied for a number of years for the introduction of a […]

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 […]

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