Three Candidates To Contest IFA Deputy Presidential Election

The IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has confirmed that three nominations for the position of Deputy President of the Irish Farmers Association have been received by this evening’s deadline.   Pat Farrell (Kildare), Richard Kennedy (Limerick) and Nigel Renaghan (Monaghan) will contest the election to be held in April.   Each of the candidates […]

Eddie Downey Elected 14th President of The Irish Farmers’ Association

Eddie Downey from Slane in Co Meath has been elected President of the Irish Farmers’ Association at the National Election Count in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin this evening (Tues).   The President-elect congratulated the new Deputy President Tim O’Leary and the new Regional Chairmen-elect, James McCarthy, James Murphy, Tom Turley and Bert Stewart.   He […]

AEOS 2 Target Will Fall Short – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman Tom Turley said the projected targets for AEOS 2 set down by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will more than likely not now be met. Mr Turley said that the cutbacks in the scheme announced by the Minister in early April have led to farmers questioning the merits of the scheme.  […]

IFA Membership Reaches All-Time High

IFA National Treasurer and Returning Officer, JJ Kavanagh has complimented officers from the Association’s 947 branches and the regional staff for their tremendous work during the past year which has seen a further net increase of 300 members, bringing the overall membership of the Association to an all-time high. Addressing the Chairmans’ Forum this week, […]

World-First DNA Certified Programme for Pigmeat Will Expose Mislabelling Culprits

The Irish Farmers’ Association has today (Wed) announced a world first ‘DNA certified’ Programme for pigmeat that will expose mis leading labelling and provide a guaranteed assurance for producers and consumers on the origin of pigmeat. The ‘DNA Certified’ Programme will allow for the scientific assessment of the origin of pigmeat products by tracing actual […]

Forestry Sector Has Potential to Generate Timber Sales of €50M Per Annum

Speaking at the opening of the IFA Farm Forestry Conference in Portlaoise this morning (Thurs), IFA President John Bryan said private sector timber production has the potential to increase to 1 million m3 per annum by 2018. Timber production from the private sector is currently at 200,000 m3. Forestry is now part of the general […]

Russian Ban of Brazilian Beef Plants Must Prompt Immediate Suspension of Mercosur Talks

IFA President John Bryan said the decision of the Russian authorities to ban Brazilian beef from 27 plants raises further serious questions about imports from South America, and he called for the immediate suspension of trade talks scheduled for next week between the EU and the Mercosur group. Following a two-week inspection of Brazilian meat-processing […]

IFA Urges Farmers and Co-ops to Work Together to Avoid 2010/11 Superlevy Bill

With two days to go to the end of the 2010/11 milk quota year, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey today (Tues) urged all over quota dairy farmers and all co-ops, to work closely together in coming days to avoid the wasteful cost of superlevy for this year. He said he was determined to […]

IFA Call For Immediate Re-opening of AEOS Scheme

IFA President John Bryan has called for the immediate opening of the AEOS scheme to allow farmers assess the scheme well in advance of the Single Farm Payment application deadline of mid-May. He said the commitment given in last year’s Budget was that 10,000 farmers would be allowed into the AEOS in 2011. This number […]

IFA Urges Farmers to be Vigilant and Adhere to March Deadline for Burning Land & Hedges

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Pat Hennessy has urged farmers to adhere to the restrictions on the cutting, burning or destruction of vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in hedges during the nesting and breeding season from tomorrow March 1st to August 31st. He said, “Although there are some exemptions to the restrictions for works carried […]

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