ACRES Tranche 2 to open mid-October – IFA

DAFM has confirmed to IFA that Tranche 2 of ACRES will open for applications in mid-October, with no change to the terms & conditions. IFA Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins said “Getting ACRES Tranche 2 re-opened for applications as soon as possible was a key priority for IFA, and something we have continually pushed for. […]

Two Candidates to Run for IFA President

Two candidates have been nominated to run for the Presidency of IFA. At the close of nominations at 12 noon today, Francie Gorman from Laois and Martin Stapleton from Limerick had received the required number of nominations. IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe, who is acting National Returning Officer, confirmed that two nominations had been received. […]

11th Annual Green Ribbon Walk and Talk Campaign

IFA President Tim Cullinan has encouraged families to attend and support the Green Ribbon walks organised by IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland in support of the Green Ribbon campaign next month. Eleven walks have been organised in venues throughout the country during September as part of the annual Green […]

New Farming Apprenticeships are now Open for Applications

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has this week announced the launch of two new farming apprenticeships; the Farm Manager apprenticeship and the Farm Technician apprenticeship.  There will be a range of farm enterprises eligible for successful farm apprentices to be employed on including cattle, dairy, pigs, poultry, tillage and sheep […]

IFA Announce Upcoming Organic Farm Event in Monaghan

The second in a series of IFA organic farm events will take place on the farm of Mark Gillanders, Ballinagall, Co. Monaghan (H18KN24) next Thursday, August 17th at 2pm. Mark Gillanders, who is a member of the Organic Project Team, has been farming organically since 2009. Mark operates an organic beef and tillage enterprise. He will […]

New Forestry Programme a Lost Opportunity – IFA

Following the EU Commission’s approval of the afforestation scheme under the new Forestry Programme today IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has described it as a lost opportunity.   “The funding for the scheme is very strong but unfortunately the way the scheme is constructed will turn many farmers off the programme. It is a […]

IFA to Hold Organic Dairy Farm Walk

IFA is hosting a series of farm walks to provide information to farmers on options available in organic farming.   The first farm walk will be a Dairy Organic Farm walk on the farm of John Fitzpatrick, Knockbaun, Spink, Co.Laois (R32 XF98) on Thurs, June 29th at 1pm.   He has been farming organically since 2001 and recently […]

Deadline for TAMS Solar Grant Fast Approaching – IFA

IFA is reminding farmers that Fri, June 16th is the closing date for those intending to apply for a Department of Agriculture TAMS solar grant. Higher farm input costs and the environmental benefits of renewables have made solar a feasible option for all farm sectors.  Grants aid is now available at 60% on solar PV […]

Growth in agricultural activity driving increased ammonia emissions in Ireland in 2021 – EPA

Ireland’s ammonia emissions increased by 1% in 2021 as the impact of higher livestock numbers and fertiliser use outpaced the impact of emission reduction measures currently being implemented at farm level Ireland is non-compliant with our EU Emissions Reduction commitment in 2021 for Ammonia. Compliance with the 2030 Reduction Commitment is only possible with full […]

IFA Issue Road Safety Appeal for Silage Season

With the silage cutting season underway, the IFA is appealing to drivers of farming machinery and other road users to share the road safely.   IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle said it’s going to be a busy time on farms as farm contractors bring in silage.   “We are renewing our […]

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