IFA Employment Seminar to address legislation, legal & insurance issues

IFA is holding an Employment Seminar ‘Employment Compliance for Farmer Employers’ on Thurs, 6th May at 7.30 pm. The event will take place over Microsoft Teams. The seminar will include an expert panel to discuss the importance of compliance for farmer employers and an overview of its new employment service. The panel will take farmer employers through the main issues around employment legislation and the important legal, insurance, and other issues […]

Open letter to the Institutions: Europe needs more farmers

Today, in a letter to the European Commission and CAP legislators, signed by farmers’ organisations, environmental organisations, NGOs, unions, and researchers, European Coordination Via Campesina underlines the key role of small and medium-sized farmers in the resolution of current social, environmental, and food-related crises. It demands that EU policy in this pivotal moment must support and increase the […]

Driver Theory Test Must Be Classified as an Essential Service – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan has written to Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton to allow candidates to take the Driver Theory Test remotely. “I pointed out to Minister Naughton that there are many essential workers who need to secure a Category B and/or W Driver Licence in order to deliver essential […]

IFA meet Tanaiste on proposed Mercosur deal to bring more beef from Brazil

IFA President Tim Cullinan held a meeting with the Tanáiste and Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar yesterday, at which he insisted that the Government must reject the proposed EU Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. “By any measure, the Mercosur countries, particularly Brazil, have failed to meet the […]

Farmers with TAMS work need faster response to rising building costs

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the Dept of Agriculture is not responding quickly enough to rising building costs, especially steel.   The increases are having a knock-on effect on items such as LESS equipment and meal bins, which is adding significantly to costs for farmers doing TAMS work.   “Delays in issuing approvals, […]

The CAP must support more farmers and better food in line with the F2F Strategy

The CAP must introduce measures to reverse the disappearance of Europe’s small farms under the F2F Strategy to counteract the harmful effects of the current agroindustrial model. Industrial production systems that drive environmental damage, socio-economic strain, and human and animal health problems must be replaced by truly sustainable, diverse and agroecological farms that are adapted […]

Ifac reminds farmers to take advantage of the Organic Farming Scheme

Farmers considering an application to the Organic Farming Scheme have until the 30th of April to do so, following the re-opening of the scheme earlier this month with an additional budget of €4 million for 2021. This additional funding was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa […]

Phantom Farm and Processor names used by Retailers are a Disgrace – IFA

IFA’s campaign against the branding policy by retailers has been expanded to highlight other food products which use fictitious names. IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s time to call retailers out. “They are using their own brands to drive down the prices they pay to their suppliers. These brands displace well-established ones that return a […]

The EU needs an ambitious contingency plan for food security

The COVID19 pandemic has raised awareness of the need to prepare for a possible food supply crisis in Europe. Indeed, climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as future pandemics and possible geopolitical disruptions, make our food system more fragile. Its growing complexity, with increased dependency on transport, logistics, energy supply and the internet, also […]

Aldi Continues to Mislead Consumers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the statement issued by Aldi today refers to their milk brand as ‘Clonbawn’.  This is misleading as the brand they use on their milk is actually ‘Clonbawn Irish Dairy’. There is no such dairy.   Aldi go on to list the Irish dairies and co-ops they work with. Why can’t […]

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