IFA Welcomes Minister’s Comments of Horse Farmers’ Inclusion in TAMS Scheme

IFA Horse Project Team Chair Richard Kennedy has welcomed comments made by the Minister McConalogue at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week, that he plans to include investments in the equine sector under TAMS in the next CAP regime beginning in January 2023. “The IFA Horse Project Team along with the full […]

Potato Planting Under Threat Unless Growers are Supported

IFA National Potato Chairman Sean Ryan said spiralling input costs will lead to less planting of potatoes.  He said the margin for growing potatoes has always been tight, but the upcoming season will not be viable if growers don’t get price increases.   “Many growers will simply not plant. They had to pay up-front to […]

IFA & An Garda Síochána Join Forces With The National Rural Safety Forum for National Community Engagement Day

An Garda Síochána, IFA and the members of the National Rural Safety Forum will invite local community members to partake in the National Community Engagement Day this Wed, April 27th.   IFA President, Tim Cullinan said IFA are delighted to work alongside An Garda Síochána to see how best we can keep our rural communities […]

Reopening of Organic Farm Scheme must be properly administered – IFA

IFA Organic Project Team Chairman, Nigel Renaghan acknowledges that the re-opening of the Organic Farm Scheme announced today is positive, however, historic failings cannot be repeated. The organic farming budget for 2022 has been increased by a further €5m for new entrants. Given the ambition to grow organic farming set out both at European level and under the […]

Farmers Adapting to Climate Action Will Have to be Properly Supported

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the Advantage Beef Programme launched by ABP is an attempt to promote younger age of slaughter for cattle sourced from suckler and dairy herds while also promoting lower levels of antibiotic usage.   He said the programme is clearly seeking to react to the increased societal demands on climate […]

IFA to Meet Lidl Management Next Week

IFA President Tim Cullinan said Lidl has agreed to meet IFA next week to discuss the income crisis at farm level and how retailers can support producers.   The confirmation came as farmers completed 24-hour protests in Cavan and Monaghan.   Tim Cullinan said IFA will have a clear message for the senior management in […]

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy Launch New Solar Energy Pilot

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy launched a comprehensive solar pilot for farmers today.   The project, which has been in development for over a year, reached a key milestone this week with the successful installation and commissioning of two farms. Martin Stapleton, Chairman of IFA Member Services said, “IFA and Bord Gáis Energy have invested […]

GLAS Extension Will Provide Farmers with Certainty

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the announcement that farmers participating in GLAS 1, 2 or 3 will be offered an option to extend their contract into 2022 will provide certainty for applicants. The existing contracts are due expire next month and the extension is part of EU CAP Transitional Rules. It has been […]

Farmer Co-operation Central To Achieving Ireland’s Electricity Future – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s paramount that both EirGrid and the ESB fully recognise and respect that the co-operation of farmers is essential to the development of grid infrastructure in Ireland.   Meeting the 500MW micro-generation target by 2030 as outlined in the EirGrid Roadmap ‘Shaping our Electricity Future’ can only be achieved with […]

On National Potato Day, Consumers Asked to Support Local Growers

On National Potato Day, IFA President Tim Cullinan has called on consumers, retailers and the foodservice sector to support Irish potato growers. “It’s a critical indigenous sector, worth €111m at the farm gate. 400 growers plant over 8,000 hectares annually. They supply high quality, nutritious produce to Irish consumers throughout the year,” he said. “Potatoes […]

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