Glanbia Milk Price Decision Extremely Disappointing – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today (Monday) said the decision by Glanbia to cut the February milk price by a massive 3c/l is extremely disappointing, as farmers have just gone through a long, cold and wet winter, only to experience an extremely late spring and the most severe snow storm in a generation right […]

IFA Welcomes 20% Increase In Forest Road Grant

IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has welcomed the 20% increase in the length of forest road grand aided under the Forest Road Scheme secured under the Mid-term Review of the Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020. The length is increased from 20m/ha to 25m/ha.   He said, “This is a very important increase; the […]

Smart Farming 2018 To Focus On Delivering Cost Savings

Smart Farming, the voluntary cost saving initiative led by IFA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin its 2018 work programme in April, identifying ways to improve farm returns and enhance the environment.   In 2018, more than 1,200 farmers across 50 discussion groups, IFA branches and purchasing groups will get involved […]

IFA Says Law Reform Commission’s Proposal Will Undermine Property Rights

IFA President Joe Healy has strongly rejected proposals by the Law Reform Commission that could see farmers receive less for their land acquired under state Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs). Proposed changes to the law would reduce the compensation paid to property owners impacted by infrastructure developments. Furthermore, the IFA President said that the proposals could […]

Co-Ops Have Better Understanding Of Pressures On Farmers – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said differences between the milk price cuts announced by milk purchasers so far, from 1c/l from Lakeland to a massive 3c/l from Glanbia, show differences in the appreciation the co-ops have of the very real pressures a long winter, late spring and the most severe snow storm […]

Farmers Want Responsible Management Of Intervention Stock And Buy-In – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has taken issue with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’s statement warning farmers not to expect the EU would “bail them out” if milk prices drop.   Farmers do not want a bail out, Mr Phelan said, they want the EU Commission to live up to its responsibilities on […]

IFA Encourages Farmers To Harvest And Make The Most Of Rising Timber Prices

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has encouraged farmers with plantations over 14 years old to start to plan and prepare to thin their forest and make the most of the rising timber prices.   “The economic recovery across western Europe has led to a growing demand for sawn timber”, said Mr. Collins. “The increasing […]

Department Must Clear Farm Payments – IFA

Speaking following a meeting of the Charter of Farmers Rights Monitoring Committee, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said IFA made it very clear to the Department of Agriculture that the IT issues across a number of schemes, including GLAS, KT and TAMS must be resolved immediately so farmers can be paid without further delay.   […]

Minister Creed Can No Longer Ignore Case for €200 For Suckler Cows – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said Agriculture Minister Michael Creed can no longer ignore the strong case for €200 for suckler cows.   He pointed out that last week in the Dail, Minister Creed accepted the Fianna Fail motion for €200 for suckler cows as it was clear that any other course of […]

Potato Growers Get Less Than A Fifth Of The Retail Price

– POTATOES BOUGHT ONCE EVERY SECOND IN IRELAND   Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin today heard.   Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion’s share […]

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