IFA Hill Farmers Say Commonage Plans Must Not Hold Up Final Glas Payment

IFA Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to lift the requirement that final commonage plans must be in place before the final 15% GLAS 2017 payment is made.   He said this is necessary due to serious cash flow difficulties on hill farms due to the […]

Minister Must Treat Fodder Crises As National Emergency – IFA

With a further Met Eireann yellow alert situation today, we are in now an emergency situation on fodder and Minister Creed has to implement further measures to support farmers immediately, IFA President Joe Healy has said.   He said the fodder import scheme announced by Minister Creed yesterday evening must be open to all co-ops, […]

Oustanding Payments Must Be Made To Farmers Immediately – IFA

All outstanding farm scheme payments must be made as a matter urgency in light of the current fodder crisis, IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has insisted.   Almost 70,000 farmers are awaiting outstanding payments worth €30m under GLAS and the Sheep Welfare Scheme.   The immediate payment of outstanding monies is one of a […]

Renewables Plan Must Be Resourced And Support Farm Scale – IFA

IFA’s Renewables Chairman James Murphy has called on Energy Minister Denis Naughten to progress the proposed renewable heat and renewable electricity schemes, and ensure that the schemes are adequately funded and directed towards farm-scale renewable projects. Speaking following a meeting with Minister Naughten last week, James Murphy said, “The message from the recent meeting of […]

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 […]

IFA Urges Farmers To Make BPS Applications By Next Monday

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has reminded farmers that the deadline for the 2016 BPS application is next Monday, 16th May and he urged farmers to ensure that their applications are in on time.   The Department of Agriculture has informed IFA that extended opening hours will operate at the Department’s Portlaoise office to assist […]

Deadline Extension For Completion Of Glas Watercourse Actions Welcomed By IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Flor McCarthy has welcomed the extension by the Department of Agriculture of the deadline for completion of fencing off watercourses and riparian zones under the GLAS scheme.   The deadline has been extended from the 31st March 2016 to the 31st July 2016.   IFA’s Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy had called for […]

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 […]

Second Phase Of Glas Must Allow All Farmers Who Apply To Join Scheme

With farmers now being notified on their acceptance into the first phase of GLAS it is vital that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney gives a clear commitment that all farmers who apply for the second phase of the scheme will also be accepted, IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said.   He said […]

Farming – GLAS extension to Tuesday Midnight is welcome – IFA

Commenting on the announcement that the GLAS application deadline has been extended to May 26th, IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must ensure that all applicants who apply for the current phase of GLAS are accepted into the scheme.   The IFA Rural Development Chairman said […]