Taoiseach And Commissioner Hogan Must Intesify Pressure Against Bad Mercosur Deal – IFA

 Speaking from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the New Year without agreement, IFA President Joe Healy said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away.   He said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must intensify the […]

IFA Urges Consumers To Buy Irish Food This Christmas

IFA President Joe Healy has urged consumers to check twice to make sure the food they buy this Christmas is really Irish, and is priced in an economically sustainable manner.   Launching the IFA’s Fairness for Farmers, Honesty for Consumers Christmas Campaign today (Fri), Joe Healy said, “Consumers value Irish produced food and want to support Irish […]

IFA Calls For Major Media Campaign On Responsible Dog Ownership

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey this week said much stronger action is required to address the dreadful problem of marauding dog attacks on sheep flocks.   He said with the darker evenings and nights this time of year, dog attacks increase and recent cases have been reported in Wexford, Kildare, Offaly, Galway, Dublin and […]

Foodwise Targets Dependent On Brexit Outcome – IFA

Speaking at today’s major conference on the Foodwise 2025 strategy for the agri-food sector, IFA President Joe Healy said the achievement of the 2025 targets would be very dependent on what happens in the Brexit talks over the coming days.   Joe Healy, a panellist at today’s conference, said, “This strategy and the targets it […]

IFA To Intensify Campaign For Fodder Scheme At Major Meeting

IFA President Joe Healy has said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. The fodder crisis will be discussed at a major IFA meeting in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.   Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to indicate that he will introduce a scheme. He said […]

CAP 2020 – Increased Funding Essential – IFA

Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.   Joe Healy said “If we don’t have farmers, […]

Proactive Approach Needed To Prevent Future Flooding – IFA

Severe flooding in recent years highlights the need to take a proactive approach and initiate works to protect against future events, IFA President Joe Healy said today (Sat) at the National Flood Forum in Athlone.   Joe Healy expressed concern that the draft CFRAMS has to date addressed the protection of large towns and some […]

Fodder Scheme Urgently Needed – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. He said the blasé response from the Minister in the Dáil during a debate on the matter was wholly inadequate.   Joe Healy said, “From what we have seen on the ground, including when […]

IFA Welcomes Commitment To Review Work Permit Criteria

Following a meeting with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to review the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).   Joe Healy said, “Minister Fitzgerald recognised the shortage of […]

Dept. Of Transport Agrees Full Re-Think On Tractor Testing

IFA today (Wed) secured a commitment from the Department of Transport that there will be full negotiation with the IFA and other key stakeholders ahead of the implementation of any aspects of a roadworthiness test for tractors.   Earlier this year, when IFA raised farmers’ concerns on the issue, Minister for Transport Shane Ross gave a clear commitment […]

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