Returning to Profitability Tillage Production Conference in Thurles

IFA will hold a major tillage conference on the theme of Returning to Profitability Tillage Production next Thursday June 17th at 7.00pm in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. The conference is designed to guide tillage farmers and help them make the most of existing and new market opportunities.

IFA Grain Committee Chairman Noel Delany said “IFA’s objective is to focus strongly on what farmers and the industry must do to restore profitability to tillage farming.  The conference will provide the most up to date information, which will enable farmers to make informed decisions and extract the best price from the market.”

The Conference will be opened by IFA President John Bryan and addressed by Grain Chairman Noel Delany and Executive Fintan Conway who will set out the market outlook and price prospects for the 2011 harvest.

David Neale of Masstock UK Arable will focus on producing for niche markets and de-risking grain production, while Farmers’ Journal tillage editor Andy Doyle will urge growers to think outside the box to regain profitability.

Practical advice on the rapidly growing area of farm to farm trading and using the iFarm trading platform will be covered in a special session.  IFA Alternative Land Use Chairman JJ Kavanagh will describe the opportunities opening up in renewable energy for arable crops.

Noel Delany said “the tillage sector is a vitally important agricultural sector providing approximately 2 million tonnes of quality assured grain per annum to the feed, milling, brewing and distilling  industries.  Irish farmers, similar to their EU counterparts, face huge challenges arising out of two very difficult harvests in 2008 and 2009 when prices hit historic lows.”

To register for the conference, please contact IFA on 4500266.

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