McDonald’s and Other Closures require EU Commission Action – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the decision by McDonald’s to close its restaurants here and in the UK will put further pressure on the beef sector. “Unfortunately, this is what’s happening across Europe where closures have had an impact on the food service sector. However, some of this has been mitigated by an increase in […]

Energy in Agriculture 15th July 2020 – Focus on Rural Diversification

The Energy in Agriculture committee today announced their fifth consecutive year running Energy in Agriculture in Gurteen. Energy in Agriculture 2020 will focus on rural diversification, forestry and energy usage. We will hear from the champions of the sectors and their success stories. Paul Kenny CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency says ‘’Energy In Agriculture has […]

Farmer Planting has declined by Almost 70% under current Forestry Programme

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that the afforestation figures show that farmer planting under the current programme has declined by 67%.   “The figures make for stark reading and clearly show that farmers are disengaging from forestry, at time when we need more farmers to consider forest as a viable option as part […]

New National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended.   Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to […]

10 Additional Walks Welcome Boost To Rural Areas – IFA

IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring of 10 new walkways involving 238 farmers.   He said the addition of the routes in the National Walks Scheme will increase recreational tourism in peripheral areas.   “We want to see […]

Government Paying Lip Service to the Development of a Renewable Energy Sector – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short accused the Government of paying lip service rather than supporting the development of a renewable energy sector and the circular bioeconomy that will create sustainable employment for farming and rural communities. “It is clear from Government actions that they are only interested in supporting mega wind projects […]

Forest Assets Roadshow – Learn What Your Forest Is Worth

IFA and Western Forestry Co-operative announce the “Value Your Forest Asset” roadshow, a series of meetings taking place in October and November. The aim of these events is to increase farmers’ understanding of the value of their forest asset and how best to optimise returns.   IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that many […]

IFA Calls For Government Commission Of Investigation Into The Beef Sector

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to establish a statutory Commission of Investigation into the beef sector to establish processor and retailer margins along the supply chain. Mr. Healy said that the terms of reference would have to be agreed with farmers, but the Commission should have full […]

Minister’s Decision To Hold Back 15% Of ANC Payment A Blow To Farmers

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has criticised the decision by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to hold back 15% of the 2019 ANC payments. This will result in over €35m not getting to farmers until December. “Normally, 100% payment is made in September. However, the Minister has decided to pay only 85% next month […]

IFA Encourages Farmers To Apply For New €100m BEAM Scheme

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has strongly encouraged all eligible beef and suckler farmers to apply for the new €100m BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure).   The scheme will open next Monday, Aug 19th and close on Sunday, Sept 8th.   He said the Department of Agriculture have published the terms and conditions for […]

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