Macra na Feirme: new government must act on farm income, jobs, and climate

Macra na Feirme welcomes the parties’ decision to enter government today but warns that this government must deliver for young people. “We are happy to finally have a government form but we insist that the new government make young people a priority. This government needs to make sure that any economic downturn does not force […]

IFA Reaction To Programme for Government – Long On Words But Short On Numbers

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Programme for Government has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. “Overall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said.  “In implementing the programme, farmers will be looking to this Government to support farming and bring forward climate action measures that are […]

Teagasc publish analysis of farm income impacts of COVID-19

A new report by Teagasc economists explores the possible impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in Ireland this year. Analysis of a range of scenarios finds that income in 2020 across the sector as a whole will drop relative to the income forecast for 2020 in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenario impacts […]

IFA Urges Consumers To Celebrate Strawberry Season & Support Irish Producers

IFA President Tim Cullinan has urged consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually. Roadside sales are expected to commence this weekend. Growers have put measures in place in ensure the safety of all staff and customers. […]

Half of Irish farmers concerned about future – 9 out of 10 farmers want to reduce carbon footprint on farms

Today, ifac, the farming, food, and agribusiness professional services firm, is releasing the findings of its annual, national Farm Report. These insights are a combination of ifac collated financial data and results of the most comprehensive farmer survey ever conducted in Ireland. Ifac’s 2020 Farm Report combines the views of almost 1,500 Irish farmers with a comprehensive analysis […]

What is the Bord Bia Farm Sustainabilty Platform?

The primary objective of the Bord Bia Farm Sustainability Platform, is to enable the Irish agri sector to quantify and co-ordinate the totality of sustainability activity on Irish farms.  The platform is currently in the early stages of development. It is important to note that the purpose of the platform is not to change or […]

Orange fire danger notice

An Orange fire danger notice is currently in place, effective until Monday, the 20th of April. A Condition Orange means that a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels such as dead grasses, and shrub fuels such as heather and gorse exist. Head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, Nuala […]

The Irish Wildlife Trust has called on farming organisations to support a new approach to land management

A massive, illegal wildfire has swept through the Wicklow Mountains Special Area of Conservation (SAC) through the evening of April 15th and the early hours of the 16th. This is just the latest in a series of destructive fires that have become the hallmark of the Irish spring – obliterating nesting birds, insects and natural […]

Teagasc announces new telephone helpline for farmers

A new Teagasc telephone helpline to assist farmers with queries in relation to the current COVID-19 challenge has been set up. It was announced by Professor Tom Kelly, Teagasc Director of Knowledge Transfer: “Teagasc have put in place a dedicated helpline for farmers to get advice on the range of issues that they may face […]

ABP action a ‘kick in the teeth’ for Irish farmers – Cullinan

IFA President Tim Cullinan said at a time when Irish beef farmers are facing collapsing prices, it’s incredible that the ABP food group, an Irish-owned company, would bring in beef from Poland to stock supermarket shelves in the UK. “The European beef market is in turmoil. This has impacted more severely in Ireland as we […]

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