Increased Anti-dumping Funding Must Lead To Prosecutions – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the 50% increase in funding to tackle illegal dumping. He has also called for increased prosecutions by local authorities.   Thomas Cooney said, “Farm families and rural dwellers are the real custodians of the environment. They are sickened by the abhorrent behaviour of passing motorists and serial dumpers […]

Applications Open for the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships

Top prize fund of €15,000 for overall winner of the Innovation Arena 2019 Applications for the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena and Awards at the National Ploughing Championships, in conjunction with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) are now being accepted. Irish agri companies are invited to apply to showcase their products and innovations at the Innovation […]

Farmers Encouraged To Apply For National Walks Scheme

IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has encouraged farmers to apply for the National Walks Scheme, which will double the number of national walks and benefit up to 2,000 farmers.   The application process is now open to trail management committees, community groups and other similar entities.   At a recent meeting with the […]

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 […]

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