Make Savings Through Smart Farming At National Ploughing Championships

All farmers are invited to visit the Smart Farming Team at the IFA Stand during the National Ploughing Championships next week to find out how they could make savings of up to €5,000 thorough the cost savings programme. IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said the programme offers an important double dividend, with the potential to […]

Study Shows Consumers Understand Need To Better Remunerate Liquid Milk Producers – Finn

IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn has said the recent study by Mintel showing that more than three in five consumers on the island of Ireland believe farmers are not being fairly paid for their milk should encourage retailers and dairies to do what it takes to deliver the 40c/l annualised milk price liquid […]

Dairy Forum: Minister Must Explore All Options Under EU Measures To Suport Farmers’ Cash Flow

At a time when bad weather, late turnout and increased feed bills, compounded by low milk prices are stressing farm cash flow and farmer confidence, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary welcomed today’s meeting of the Dairy Forum Sub Group, convened to find practical ways of supporting farmers.   All stakeholders, including the Department officials, […]

National Potato Conference highlights the health benefits of potatoes

Market Research by Kantar Worldpanel unveiled at the National Potato Conference in Dublin today is seeing positive value and volume growth for the first time in seven years, as shoppers are returning to buy more often – making 34 trips in the year. However, the volumes they buy on each trip still haven’t recovered to […]

IFA Spells Out 16 Issues For The Survival Of Farming In Hill Areas To Election Candidates

IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne has said the prospective TDs must give a strong commitment that hill farming issues will be to the fore in the next Government.   Pat Dunne pointed out, that incomes of hill farmers are the lowest, according to the 2014 Teagasc National Farm Survey. The average farm income in […]

Measures Set Out To Assist Farmers Affected By Flooding

The Chairman of the IFA Flood Project Team Tom Turley is today attending a meeting convened by Teagasc to discuss the impact of recent flooding and the measures needed to help farmers affected.   At the meeting today in Athlone, Tom Turley will set out a number of key actions needed to address the severe […]

TEAGASC Report Highlights Negative Impact of Bad Weather and Farm Scheme Cuts on Farm Incomes

Commenting on today’s publication of the Teagasc National Farm Income figures for 2012, IFA President John Bryan said that the main reasons for the drop of 15% in average farm income were the dreadful weather conditions, and the impact of continued cuts by Government to farm schemes. “The implications of this ongoing disastrous weather event […]

Weather Impact to Hit Farming Hard this Winter – IFA

Speaking from the Ploughing Championships in Wexford today (Tues), IFA President John Bryan said the full impact of the wettest summer on record and spiralling feed costs will add €400m to bills on farms this winter. “The price/cost squeeze will inevitably have a very negative effect on farm incomes this year, and farmers will need […]

EPA gives consent for GM potato field trials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today given consent to Teagasc, Oak Park, Co Carlow, to carry out field trials on a genetically modified (GM) potato line with improved resistance to late potato blight.  The consent is subject to eight conditions. These Conditions address the following matters:   Ø  The scope of the consent Ø  […]

On-Farm Investment Crucial For Dairy Expansion – Kiersey

Speaking from the Teagasc National Dairy Conference in Cork, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey today (Tues) said contributions from many of the speakers today had confirmed his strong view that dairy farmers will have to prioritise their resources for on-farm investment in the context of expansion. Mr Kiersey urged financial institutions to co-operate […]