Farmers join Environmentalists To Back Bill To Ban Fracking

As an Oireachtas Committee began hearings on a draft law to ban fracking, today the IFA is joining local groups, environmentalists, water specialists and student campaigners to call for the Bill to be passed without delay.  Hildegarde Naughton TD, the Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, received a petition from the groups, signed by […]

Minister Creed Must Address Sluggish GLAS Payout – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has described the pay-out of GLAS payments to farmers to date as sluggish, and called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that all 38,000 farmers are now paid the promised 85% payment without any further delay.   Joe Brady said that while the commencement of GLAS […]

Farmers, Friars and Frontiers: the archaeology of the Ballyhoura Hills

An exciting travelling exhibition outlining archaeological research in the Ballyhoura Hills area was launched yesterday, Tuesday 19 March, in Kilmallock Library. The exhibition focuses on Bronze Age farmers, Iron Age frontiers and the medieval friars, reflecting the research projects carried out in the area by The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation. The Discovery […]

March Milk Price Cut By Glanbia Shortchanges Farmers – O’Leary

Commenting today (Thursday) on the price cuts implemented by Lakeland and Glanbia GII on March milk, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said the the 1c/l Lakeland cut was undoubtedly disappointing.   However, the Glanbia cut left GII paying a price, at 22c/l including VAT before co-op and exceptional Ornua bonus top ups, 1.7c/l out […]

IFA Shouts Stop To Further Milk Price Cuts

At a meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee this week, dairy farm leaders from all over the country called for an immediate stop to any further milk price cuts, in the face of severe cash flow challenges on farms. The Committee members will contact co-op board members accordingly in the coming days, as boards […]

IFA and Pieta House Provide Support to Farmers Through ‘Mind Our Farm Families’ Phone Line

IFA has been working with Pieta House since 2011 to provide information and support to farmers and their families through the ‘Mind Our Farm Families’ phone line and counselling service.   The 1890 130 022 phone line puts farmers who are feeling suicidal, or their families, in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist […]

IFA To Meet Ulster Bank To Address Farmer Concerns

In response to Ulster Bank’s sudden announcement that it plans to dispose of loans in its specialist loans arrears unit to undisclosed third parties, the IFA has sought an urgent meeting with senior Ulster Bank Executive staff.   The proposed disposal of loans are reported to affect customers who are outside current arrangements or in […]

IFA Encourages Farmers To Make Online Application For Basic Payment

IFA Deputy President Tim O’ Leary said farmers should make their Basic Payment application online in order to benefit from the many advantages in terms of early processing, reduced errors and payment on time within the deadlines set down in the Charter of Farmers Rights.   Tim O’ Leary said with the Department of Agriculture set […]

IFA Criticises Minister Coveney For Ruling 2,500 Farmers Out Of Second Phase GLAS

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has criticised the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney for ruling 2,500 farmers out of the second phase of GLAS and backtracking on a commitment that he made at Budget time that at least 13,000 farmers would be allowed into the scheme.   Flor McCarthy said that with 11,500 farmers […]

Banks must deliver a comprehensive and competitive service to farmers – IFA

In the past week the IFA has met with the CEOs and heads of agribusiness in the three main commercial banks: Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and Ulster bank.   Commenting on the meetings, IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary said, “The IFA has met with the banks and expressed the key banking issues of […]

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