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 […]

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 […]

IFA Urges Consumers To Buy Irish Food This Christmas

IFA President Joe Healy has urged consumers to check twice to make sure the food they buy this Christmas is really Irish, and is priced in an economically sustainable manner.   Launching the IFA’s Fairness for Farmers, Honesty for Consumers Christmas Campaign today (Fri), Joe Healy said, “Consumers value Irish produced food and want to support Irish […]

IFA Calls For Major Media Campaign On Responsible Dog Ownership

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey this week said much stronger action is required to address the dreadful problem of marauding dog attacks on sheep flocks.   He said with the darker evenings and nights this time of year, dog attacks increase and recent cases have been reported in Wexford, Kildare, Offaly, Galway, Dublin and […]

Foodwise Targets Dependent On Brexit Outcome – IFA

Speaking at today’s major conference on the Foodwise 2025 strategy for the agri-food sector, IFA President Joe Healy said the achievement of the 2025 targets would be very dependent on what happens in the Brexit talks over the coming days.   Joe Healy, a panellist at today’s conference, said, “This strategy and the targets it […]

IFA To Intensify Campaign For Fodder Scheme At Major Meeting

IFA President Joe Healy has said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. The fodder crisis will be discussed at a major IFA meeting in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.   Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to indicate that he will introduce a scheme. He said […]

CAP 2020 – Increased Funding Essential – IFA

Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.   Joe Healy said “If we don’t have farmers, […]

Proactive Approach Needed To Prevent Future Flooding – IFA

Severe flooding in recent years highlights the need to take a proactive approach and initiate works to protect against future events, IFA President Joe Healy said today (Sat) at the National Flood Forum in Athlone.   Joe Healy expressed concern that the draft CFRAMS has to date addressed the protection of large towns and some […]

Fodder Scheme Urgently Needed – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. He said the blasé response from the Minister in the Dáil during a debate on the matter was wholly inadequate.   Joe Healy said, “From what we have seen on the ground, including when […]

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