Time For Action On Factories And Cattle Prices – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said cattle farmers would have expected a lot more action from Minister Creed and the Government in calling the factories to task on the cattle price issue.   He repeated his call on Minister Creed to call in the factories and tell them bluntly to stop cutting the cattle price. “It’s […]

Farmers Need Drought Measures – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has said urgent actions are needed to help farmers in the current drought situation.  “The current situation is unprecedented and is causing huge financial pressures on farms and huge stress for farmers,” he said.   “What we now need is real leadership from the Minister and our Government to assist farmers […]

Farmers Encourage To Follow Sunsmart Code To Reduce Skin Cancer Risk – IFA

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and Irish Cancer Society have joined forces as part of UK and Ireland Farm Safety Week to remind farmers and farm families of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer.   Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ireland with over […]

Anger At Agri-Loan Delay

IFA President Joe Healy has said it is a complete farce that the agri-loan scheme announced in last October’s Budget would not be available to farmers until the end of this year.   “Farmers were already frustrated that the Minister had indicated that it would be the second half of 2018 when money would be […]

Government Must Fight Back Agains CAP Budget Cut

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels. “The fundamental issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget. It is completely unacceptable that […]

Minister Creed Ignoring Sheep Farmers By Imposing Compulsory Electronic Tagging – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed on the imposition of compulsorily electronic sheep tagging on all sheep from October 1st is adding insult to injury after the fodder crisis and the financial challenges sheep farmers have had to endure this winter.   He said it is astonishing that Minister Creed […]

IFA Presses Minister Ring For Increase In Number Of Walks In Scheme

IFA President Joe Healy has impressed on Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring the need to increase the number of walks covered by the Walks Scheme from 40 to 80, and to increase the funding from €2m to €4m.   At a meeting last week, the IFA President reminded the Minister that this […]

Taoiseach Has To Make CAP Budget His ‘Red Line’ Issue – IFA

Reacting to the EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a big political challenge on his hands, and an increased CAP Budget for Irish farmers has to be a red line issue for him in the negotiations. He says this morning’s proposal from Commissioner Oettinger […]

IFA Says Government Must Be Resolute On Cap Budget

With draft details emerging as to the shape of the next CAP, IFA President Joe Healy said the Irish Government and Commissioner Hogan must be resolute and “fight like hell” to secure an increase in  the CAP Budget as part of the MFF negotiations on the EU Budget in Brussels next week.   He said […]

IFA Ramps Up Campaign Against Forced Farm Sales By Vulture Funds

The Irish Farmers Association has announced a significant escalation in its campaign against vulture funds trying to force farm families to sell their farms to settle debts.   At a briefing in Dublin today (Wed), IFA President Joe Healy said IFA would oppose any forced sale of farms by vulture funds where the farmer is […]

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