IFA Sets Priorities On CAP Rural Development

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must deliver a well-financed and ambitious Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the forthcoming CAP negotiations – that was the clear message from the IFA National Rural Development Committee meeting.   As a first priority it is vital that the funding available in the current RDP is fully utilised, Rural Development […]

Hogan: Protecting Small Farmers Top Priority In EU Budget Negotiations

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is “protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe’s food production and rural communities”. Ahead of a Citizens’ Dialogue with 400 farmers in Kilkenny City, co-organised by the IFA and […]

Flexibility Can Be Used In ANC Review – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said sufficient flexibilities are available to ensure that ANC payments can increase and that areas currently designated can be fully protected in the upcoming review of ANC areas in Ireland.   Speaking at a special COPA meeting on the role of ANC payments in the CAP post-2020 today […]

Action To Tackle EU Protein Crop Deficit Demanded – Mairead McGuinness MEP

EU agricultural policy must do more to reduce our dependency on imported protein crops while increasing home-grown production, said Mairead McGuinness MEP and co-author of a new European Parliament Resolution on the future EU strategy for the promotion of protein crops. In adopting the Report, the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee called for an update of the Common […]

Agri Aware Takes To The Skies At Dublin Airport This Spring

Agri Aware, Ireland’s independent agri-food educational body has today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign in Dublin Airport this Spring. The campaign entitled “My land, your land – Ireland” is perfectly timed with the airport set to be thronged with revellers heading to the ever popular Cheltenham Festival and the large influx of […]

Agri Aware Ttakes To The Stage At Electric Picnic!

Agri Aware Ireland’s agri-food educational body made its very first music festival appearance at Electric Picnic last weekend (September 2nd and 3rd) ! Agri Aware’s exhibit which was in the Global Green Ecolvillage was unmissable with it’s traditional red hayshed as a centre piece home to host of activities to help visitors learn about the […]

CAP Can Play Important Role In Creating Rural Jobs – Carthy

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, has welcomed a vote which saw a report entitled “How the CAP can Help to Create Rural Jobs”, receive the overwhelming support of MEPs. Carthy, who was a negotiator for the report stated after the vote in Brussels: […]

IFA Warns CAP 2013 Fallout Frightening For Agricultural Sector

IFA President John Bryan said the fallout from anything less than a full Budget for the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development measures Commissioner Ciolos in the CAP 2013 reform is frightening and will damage irreparably Ireland’s €24bn agri-food sector. Speaking one week before the IFA’s Day of Action in Dublin, John Bryan pointed out […]

IFA President Rejects Commission Proposals On Flat-Rate Payment And Greening

Speaking in Brussels following the publication of the CAP document in Brussels today (Wed), IFA President John Bryan strongly rejected the EU Commission proposals on flat-rate payments and greening, as they would seriously impact on primary producers who are the main drivers of the agriculture sector. John Bryan said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney […]

Ciolos On Wrong Track With Cap Proposals – IFA

Speaking in Brussels ahead of the official publication of the CAP document in Brussels today (Wed), IFA President John Bryan said the proposals would be very negative for Irish agriculture and active farmers. He said, “Commissioner Ciolos is creating a serious conflict between our ambitions to increase production and what he wants in CAP post-2013. […]

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