World Habitat Day – Managing Hedgerows to Protect Habitats

IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman and Smart Farming’s Programme Leader, Paul O’Brien said that while hedgerow cutting is now permitted to the end of February, farmers should be aware that hedges provide food and shelter and habitats for wildlife and birds throughout the winter months. “Ideally, we should do as little as possible with […]

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 […]

Farmers Excluded from Renewable Energy Strategy

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that while the announcement today of a significant solar farm coming onto the grid in Cork is positive, the Government is failing to embrace the potential of farms to generate renewable energy. “Almost every farm has the potential to generate renewable energy for its own use and ultimately to generate […]

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 […]

The CAP reform agreement betrays the commitments made by the EU – ECVC

For ECVC, this CAP reform fails to meet the nine CAP objectives and the objectives set out in the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. At the close of the trilogue negotiations on the CAP reform, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) expresses its frustration and disappointment with regard to the agreed […]

Macra: More of the Same Does Not Work for Young Farmers

Macra na Feirme appeared in front of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday to lay out its plans to address the need for more investment in generational renewal.  Macra na Feirme National President John Keane called for the elimination of the five-year rule in relation to young farmers. The rule […]

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 […]

Macra President encourages EU Trilogues to deliver for young Farmers

As the EU Trilogues talks continue on the new CAP strategy, Macra na Feirme National President John Keane has (this evening, Thursday, May 27th) reminded Minister Charlie McConalogue, T.D of the critical supports needed for young farmers arising from any EU agreement. As the talks continue, indications are that 3% of direct payments will be […]

Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle

Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme. He will be working as part of the team led by Dr Karl […]

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