Teagasc’s Climate Blueprint Must Be Underpinned By Action – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”. He said it also outlines the areas that the national farm advisory network must focus on, to ensure that […]

Co-Ops Need To Start Working On Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said that co-ops owe it to their suppliers to reflect in their May milk price decisions the 4.8c/l increase in EU returns and the several points higher than expected 105.4 pts May PPI.   “The time for price cuts is now over. While cuts in supports by both Lakeland […]

IFA Sets Priorities On CAP Rural Development

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must deliver a well-financed and ambitious Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the forthcoming CAP negotiations – that was the clear message from the IFA National Rural Development Committee meeting.   As a first priority it is vital that the funding available in the current RDP is fully utilised, Rural Development […]

Government Must Fight Back Agains CAP Budget Cut

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels. “The fundamental issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget. It is completely unacceptable that […]

EPA’s climate figures highlight urgency of increased climate and renewables action by Government – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector. Thomas Cooney said, “The EPA’s figures published today represent a real call to action. While emissions from agriculture are expected to increase […]

Flood Risk Management Projects Should Be Fast-Tracked – IFA

Attending the launch of the  Flood Risk Management Plans in Athlone, IFA Flood Project Team Chairman Padraic Joyce said the progress was welcome, but farmland impacted by flooding has to be part of the plans.   The CFRAMS cannot focus on urban areas alone and has to be extended to provide flood risk management plans […]

Minister Creed Ignoring Sheep Farmers By Imposing Compulsory Electronic Tagging – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed on the imposition of compulsorily electronic sheep tagging on all sheep from October 1st is adding insult to injury after the fodder crisis and the financial challenges sheep farmers have had to endure this winter.   He said it is astonishing that Minister Creed […]

IFA Presses Minister Ring For Increase In Number Of Walks In Scheme

IFA President Joe Healy has impressed on Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring the need to increase the number of walks covered by the Walks Scheme from 40 to 80, and to increase the funding from €2m to €4m.   At a meeting last week, the IFA President reminded the Minister that this […]

IFA Writes To Co-ops To Keep Supporting April Milk Price

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan wrote to all co-ops Chairmen and CEOs on behalf of the Committee, which met on Monday.   The letter, which the Committee requested be read at the next board meeting, expressed appreciation of the support provided thus far by most co-ops, but stressed that the crisis is not over yet, […]

Taoiseach Has To Make CAP Budget His ‘Red Line’ Issue – IFA

Reacting to the EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a big political challenge on his hands, and an increased CAP Budget for Irish farmers has to be a red line issue for him in the negotiations. He says this morning’s proposal from Commissioner Oettinger […]

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