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 […]

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 […]

Reopening of Organic Farm Scheme must be properly administered – IFA

IFA Organic Project Team Chairman, Nigel Renaghan acknowledges that the re-opening of the Organic Farm Scheme announced today is positive, however, historic failings cannot be repeated. The organic farming budget for 2022 has been increased by a further €5m for new entrants. Given the ambition to grow organic farming set out both at European level and under the […]

Farmers Adapting to Climate Action Will Have to be Properly Supported

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the Advantage Beef Programme launched by ABP is an attempt to promote younger age of slaughter for cattle sourced from suckler and dairy herds while also promoting lower levels of antibiotic usage.   He said the programme is clearly seeking to react to the increased societal demands on climate […]

IFA to Meet Lidl Management Next Week

IFA President Tim Cullinan said Lidl has agreed to meet IFA next week to discuss the income crisis at farm level and how retailers can support producers.   The confirmation came as farmers completed 24-hour protests in Cavan and Monaghan.   Tim Cullinan said IFA will have a clear message for the senior management in […]

Teagasc and NUI Galway announce a new partnership – BSc Agricultural Science degree in the West of Ireland

2021 saw the launch of a brand new BSc in Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland Galway with a strong focus on Sustainable Agriculture; attracting over 500 applicants in the first year. Building on close research and education links between the two institutions and particularly with Teagasc’s Mellows Campus, Teagasc and NUI Galway […]

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy Launch New Solar Energy Pilot

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy launched a comprehensive solar pilot for farmers today.   The project, which has been in development for over a year, reached a key milestone this week with the successful installation and commissioning of two farms. Martin Stapleton, Chairman of IFA Member Services said, “IFA and Bord Gáis Energy have invested […]

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