Potato Growers Get Less Than A Fifth Of The Retail Price

– POTATOES BOUGHT ONCE EVERY SECOND IN IRELAND   Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin today heard.   Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion’s share […]

Government Must Regulate Funds To Protect Borrowers – IFA

IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton has reiterated IFA’s call on Government and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe that funds which purchase loans must be regulated. The IFA principles for engagement with vulture funds, launched last year, set out a number of policy proposals on this issue, including a call for the regulation of […]

IFA Joins Call For Pension Equality

IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson Caroline Farrell is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women.   Caroline Farrell was speaking as she and other IFA representatives joined a protest organised by a group including the National Women’s Council, Age Action, and Pensioners for Equality today (Thurs) in […]

IFA To Commission Report On Importance Of Suckler Cow Beef Herd

Speaking at the IFA AGM in Dublin this week, President Joe Healy said the suckler cow herd is a vital national asset. He said to underline the importance of the national herd, IFA will commission a new study to quantify its contribution to the rural economy. He said this will form an important element of […]

2018 Will Be Defining Year – IFA

Addressing the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers Association in Dublin today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy said 2018 will be a defining year for farming. Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year. He said IFA will be there to represent the […]

Minister Has To Act On Teagasc Fodder Survey – IFA

The meeting of the Fodder Action Group in Sligo confirmed that over 85% of farmers surveyed in the region have, on average, less than half of the fodder they need for the winter.   The Action Group was established by the Minister following a meeting with IFA last week.   IFA Padraic Joyce said, “These […]

Why Active Management Of Your Forest Is So Important – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins said forests that are actively managed and thinned regularly encourage the strongest trees to thrive, are healthier, capture more carbon and generate more income for owners.   Mr Collins said there are a lot of farmers who are not managing their forests and this could significantly reduce the value […]

Taoiseach And Commissioner Hogan Must Intesify Pressure Against Bad Mercosur Deal – IFA

 Speaking from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the New Year without agreement, IFA President Joe Healy said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away.   He said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must intensify the […]

Co-Ops Can Afford Commitment To Hold Prices Until Spring – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said an examination by IFA of the difference between the EU returns for an Irish product mix, as reported by the EU Milk Market Observatory, minus a 5c/l processing cost, and the average of the Farmers’ Journal Monthly Milk Price League suggests that co-ops, while increasing milk prices […]

Strong Support For Legislation For Fair Price From Supermarkets To Farmers – Agri Aware

Independent consumer research recently carried out on behalf of Agri Aware by Ipsos MRBI reveals strong support among the Irish public for legislation to ensure that farmers receive a fair price from supermarkets.   Almost 90% of people who responded to the Agri Aware survey said they think legislation should be introduced to ensure that […]

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