Applications for Expanded National Walks Scheme now open

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the opening up of applications for the National Walks Scheme, which will double the number of national walks and benefit up to 2,000 farmers.   At a meeting in Dublin today with the Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, the Minister confirmed to IFA that the €2m […]

IFA criticise Minister Madigan for failing to allow burning in March

IFA National Hill Farming Chairman Flor McCarthy has criticised the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Culture Josepha Madigan for not allowing managed burning of gorse to take place in March. “The Minister has failed to take account of how farmers manage their hill land responsibly and where land is burned, it is done in a […]

State Aid Limit will be Inadequate Given What’s Ahead in the Event of a Crash Out Brexit

IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission decision to increase the limit on State Aid for farmers from €15,000 to €25,000 is an important first step in what could be facing farmers in the event of a crash out Brexit, but warned that significantly more funding would be needed in a worst- case scenario. […]

Minister’s inaction on Veterinary Service Exposes Farmers to Call Out Fees of €500

IFA National Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the inaction by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in addressing the issues around the large animal veterinary service in the country, which IFA has raised since 2017, is now exposing some farmers to call out fees of up to €500.   Pat Farrell said the recent […]

‘Hoping’ for a safety net at the bottom of the Brexit cliff is not enough – IFA

Speaking at this morning’s All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin Castle, IFA President Joe Healy reinforced the devastating impact that a no-deal Brexit would have on Ireland’s agricultural sector. He outlined the crisis that is already underway in the beef sector and restated his call for mitigation measures to be put in place as […]

Farmers urged to be particularly vigilant during spring calving – IFA

With spring calving now underway on many Irish farms, IFA Health and Safety Executive William Shortall has urged farmers to be particularly vigilant to ensure their own safety.   An average, 9% of farm fatalities are caused by cow and heifer attacks each year, with farmers more vulnerable to accidents at this time of year […]

Apply For New €40 Suckler Cow Beep Pilot Scheme – IFA

With the new €40 per cow BEEP (Beef Environmental and Efficiency Pilot) scheme for sucklers open, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods strongly encouraged suckler farmers to apply for the new scheme and draw down the €40 per cow payment. The application period runs from February 4th to February 22nd.   He said IFA fought a […]

Farmers Will Respond To Positive Climate Action Incentives – IFA

Addressing the climate session on the 2nd day of the IFA AGM, IFA President Joe Healy said if Government is serious about addressing climate change and empowering farmers to participate, it should not force a farmer out of an enterprise. It should be about creating economically and environmentally sustainable options for farmers to increase their incomes […]

IFA Welcomes Additional Thinning Grant For Broadleaf Forests

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Vincent Nally has welcomed the introduction of a grant of up to €500 per hectare to support farmers to undertake second thinning operations in broadleaf forests, under the Woodland Improvement Scheme (WIS).   “Many farmers have delayed thinning operations following the Department’s announcement late last February that an additional grant would […]

Legislation on Indemnification of Landowners Must Be Passed Without Delay – IFA

IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring that he will bring in legislation that will indemnify landowners in the event of hillwalkers having an accident and making a claim.   Flor McCarthy said this issue has always been of great concern to landowners, […]

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