Farmers Cannot Bear the Cost of Retailers’ Price Cuts

IFA President Francie Gorman said the brunt of retail campaigns to cut prices on beef, chicken, lamb and pork cannot land on farmers. “These campaigns, regardless of what the retailers say, will have negative consequences for farmgate prices. We cannot allow this to happen,” he said. Consumers are entitled to the best quality produced meat, […]

Payments under Organic Farm Scheme Must be Addressed

IFA Organic Project Team chair John Fitzpatrick said that payments under the Organic Farm Scheme (OFS) must be addressed. “The delay in the ACRES scheme has had a knock-on effect as payment must be issued there before the OFS payment can be made. This process is flawed and farmers are suffering as a result,” he […]

IFA to Hold National Horticulture Meeting

IFA Horticulture chair Mark Walsh has announced that IFA will hold a national meeting for horticulture growers next Wed, Mar 6th at 8pm in the CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston, Co.Meath. The meeting will address the major challenges in the horticulture sector with guest speakers from Teagasc, Bord Bia and DAFM on the night. Mark Walsh said […]

Farmers Encouraged to Shop Around for Key Inputs

IFA Farm Business chair Bill O Keeffe has encouraged all farmers to shop around for best rates on key inputs.  His comments come after the IFA Farm Business Committee undertook a survey of prices available nationwide in the last week. “We felt as a Committee we had to look at costs inputs nationwide this spring […]

Staffing Crisis in Horticulture Sector Must be Addressed

IFA Horticulture chair Mark Walsh said the increases in staff costs over the past few months are enormous and have left the horticulture sector in an unsustainable position. “It has been a relentlessly difficult period for the sector, from Brexit; the Covid pandemic; spiralling input costs from the Russian invasion of Ukraine; and now unexpected […]

Cost Pressures Continue to Impact on Farm Incomes

IFA President Francie Gorman said today’s CSO figures for agriculture in 2023 show that farmers are still caught in a ‘cost-price’ squeeze. “While input costs have reduced by 5.5%, the price paid to farmers has fallen further by 8.2% over the 12-month period, resulting in the terms of trade falling by 2.9% when compared to […]

TAMS Momentum Must Continue – IFA

IFA Rural Development chair John Curran has welcomed an update from the Department of Agriculture that close on half of TAMS Tranche 1 applications have now been approved, with payment claims for ‘mobile’ investments and those within seven of the ten TAMS scheme now open. Claims for investments within the Animal Welfare; Nutrient Management Scheme; […]

Biodiversity Action Plan Recognises Role Farmers are Playing

IFA Environment & Rural Affairs chair John Murphy said it is encouraging to see that the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan recognises the scale of the work that’s ongoing by farmers to improve biodiversity. “It is important to note that Irish farmers are already contributing strongly to biodiversity. On average, farms in Ireland have about 13% […]

IFA Meet Revenue Commissioners on VAT Refund Issue

IFA President Francie Gorman led a delegation to meet the Revenue Commissioners this week on the issue of VAT rebates to farmers who have carried out essential works on their farms. Under VAT 58 rules, farmers who aren’t registered for VAT, can reclaim VAT on certain capital expenditure items. Issues have arisen in recent months […]

IFA to Hold Online Information Meeting on Residential Zoned Land Tax

IFA will hold an online meeting next Wed, Jan 31st to update farmers affected by the Residential Zoned land Tax (RZLT). IFA Farm Business Chair Bill O Keeffe said updated maps will be published on Thurs, Feb 1st. Landowners who are impacted can make submissions on these maps up to April 1st. “The briefing, which […]

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