Exclusion of Farmers from Proposed Energy Support Scheme Totally Unacceptable – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that he understands that the Government intends to exclude farmers from the proposed Direct Energy Support Scheme reported in the media yesterday. “It is completely unacceptable, and a further blow to a farming sector greatly exposed by the cost of living crisis” he said.  “Irish farmers have been hit with […]

Female Farmers Urged to Make PRSI Contributions and Plan for Future Pensions

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has urged female farmers to take the time to check what PRSI contributions they have made to date and ensure that they are making a contribution when carrying out tax returns this year. “As we approach the closing part of the year, consideration should be given […]

State now Paying the Price for Farm Renewables Policy Failures

IFA President Tim Cullinan has said the current energy security concerns reflect a failure by the State to foster the development of a fit-for-purpose farm renewable energy sector in Ireland. “Farmers across all sectors are grappling with massive increases in energy costs as they face into the coming winter. Unlike many of their European counterparts, […]

IFA Welcomes Minister’s Comments of Horse Farmers’ Inclusion in TAMS Scheme

IFA Horse Project Team Chair Richard Kennedy has welcomed comments made by the Minister McConalogue at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week, that he plans to include investments in the equine sector under TAMS in the next CAP regime beginning in January 2023. “The IFA Horse Project Team along with the full […]

Farmers Encouraged to Attend Energy and Farm Business Show 2022 in Gurteen

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chair Paul O’Brien has encouraged farmers to attend the 2022 Energy and Farm Business Show in Gurteen College, Tipperary on Tuesday next, 19th July. The free event will provide farmers with the most up-to-date information on the opportunities in the renewable energy sector, as well as ways to improve energy efficiency on farms. There is […]

State aid: Commission approves €11.2 million Irish scheme to support producers of tillage and protein crops in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The European Commission has approved a €11.2 Irish scheme to support the agriculture sector, in particular producers of tillage and protein crops, in the context of Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) TFEU, recognising that […]

Are you an agricultural professional looking for an opportunity at master’s level to improve your skills while you work?

Macra Agricultural Skillnet have the answer, the network has again partnered with University College Dublin to deliver a subsidised two-year part-time distance learning master’s program. This course will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to support farmers more effectively in developing their farm business, changing behavior, and incorporating innovation into their business. The master’s […]

New €1.5 billion flagship agri-environment scheme called #ACRES (Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme) launched today

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, today announced that the new national agri-environment scheme, proposed as part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan (CSP), will be known as the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (‘ACRES’). The announcement of the scheme name formed part of the update provided by the Minister on the proposed […]

Potato Planting Under Threat Unless Growers are Supported

IFA National Potato Chairman Sean Ryan said spiralling input costs will lead to less planting of potatoes.  He said the margin for growing potatoes has always been tight, but the upcoming season will not be viable if growers don’t get price increases. “Many growers will simply not plant. They had to pay up-front to secure […]

First Meeting of Fodder and Food Security Committee

Over 30 organisations were represented at the first meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee which took place last Friday, 11 March 2022, in Teagasc Moorepark. The group was set up to support the national response to the unfolding feed, fertiliser and energy supply issues created by the war in Ukraine.  Speaking at […]

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