Progress On EU Retail Regulation Is A First Step – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy will address the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament today when the latest Commission proposal on retail regulation will be discussed.   Joe Healy acknowledged the initiative by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan in prioritising the imbalance in the food supply chain and recognising the vulnerability of producers in […]

Fodder Emergency Is Now Also Financial Crisis

Following an appearance by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this afternoon, IFA President Joe Healy said the Minister has to recognise that the fodder crisis on farms is not going away soon, and he must provide immediate financial support to farmers. An IFA delegation attended the Committee meeting […]

Derogation On Three Crop Rule A Pragmatic Decision – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s Commission decision to grant a derogation on the crop diversification requirement for crop 2018. This will give growers the required flexibility to establish the maximum amount of arable crops weather permitting.   Joe Healy said, “Today’s decision by Commissioner Hogan is a pragmatic move, recognising the severe difficulties […]

Funding Needed To help Farmers During Fodder Crisis – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allocate a dedicated budget for farmers in urgent need of help to get them through the fodder crisis.   Joe Healy said the Department of Agriculture has an Early Warning System (EWS) that operates locally to provide assistance and support to […]

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, […]

IFA Hosts Brexit Event For Border Counties

The Irish Farmers Association is hosting a Brexit Event – Implications for Border Counties Post Brexit – in the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney Co Monaghan this evening starting at 8pm.   The purpose of this event is to discuss the current state of play of the Brexit negotiations and the implications for farming and the agri-food industry, especially […]

Minister Must Get A Grip Of Fodder Crisis

IFA President Joe Healy wrote to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in advance of his meeting with Teagasc and co-ops on the fodder crisis. The letter proposed real and concrete measures the Minister must implement to assist farmers through the current fodder crisis. Joe Healy said, “I cannot stress enough the pressure that the current […]

Minister’s Response On Fodder Too Little Too Late – IFA

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s acknowledgement today of the extent and seriousness of the fodder shortage across the country is too little too late, IFA President Joe Healy has said.   He said the Minister’s announcement that he will subsidise the importation of fodder is welcome but should have been in place before now. “The […]

Weather Crisis Requires Emergency Action – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has insisted Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed pull together an emergency response to tackle the fodder and income crisis on farms due to the unprecedented weather conditions this spring.   Mr. Healy said that the extreme weather conditions are causing havoc and untold stress at farm level, “The situation is close […]

IFA Meets UK Farm Leaders On Shared Brexit Concerns

With a year to go to ‘Brexit Day’, March 29th 2019, IFA President Joe Healy has warned rapid progress in the withdrawal agreement negotiations is needed to avoid a disastrous no-deal scenario and UK cheap food policy.   Joe Healy said, “While the transition period agreed earlier this month gives some certainty, that will only […]

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