IFA Warns Co-ops: Don’t Kick Farmers While They’re Down

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must not kick farmers while they’re down by cutting milk prices, but must instead utilise some of the strongly increased 2017 profits to show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for […]

Derogation On Three Crop Rule A Pragmatic Decision – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s Commission decision to grant a derogation on the crop diversification requirement for crop 2018. This will give growers the required flexibility to establish the maximum amount of arable crops weather permitting.   Joe Healy said, “Today’s decision by Commissioner Hogan is a pragmatic move, recognising the severe difficulties […]

Stressed Out Farmers Will Interpret Any March Milk Price Cut As Further Kick In The Teeth – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for dairy farmers – by holding the March milk price.   Farmers appreciate the support co-ops have given through various fodder initiatives. However, […]

Funding Needed To help Farmers During Fodder Crisis – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allocate a dedicated budget for farmers in urgent need of help to get them through the fodder crisis.   Joe Healy said the Department of Agriculture has an Early Warning System (EWS) that operates locally to provide assistance and support to […]

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 […]

How To Save On Farm Costs And Make Environmental Improvements – IFA

Next Tuesday, April 10th, Smart Farming will host an important seminar focusing on ways to reduce farm bills by €5,000 and enhance the environment.   Smart Farming is a voluntary resource efficiency programme led by IFA in conjunction with the EPA.   As well as speakers from Teagasc, UCD and SEAI, the seminar will hear […]

Minister Must Treat Fodder Crises As National Emergency – IFA

With a further Met Eireann yellow alert situation today, we are in now an emergency situation on fodder and Minister Creed has to implement further measures to support farmers immediately, IFA President Joe Healy has said.   He said the fodder import scheme announced by Minister Creed yesterday evening must be open to all co-ops, […]

IFA Hosts Brexit Event For Border Counties

The Irish Farmers Association is hosting a Brexit Event – Implications for Border Counties Post Brexit – in the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney Co Monaghan this evening starting at 8pm.   The purpose of this event is to discuss the current state of play of the Brexit negotiations and the implications for farming and the agri-food industry, especially […]

Oustanding Payments Must Be Made To Farmers Immediately – IFA

All outstanding farm scheme payments must be made as a matter urgency in light of the current fodder crisis, IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has insisted.   Almost 70,000 farmers are awaiting outstanding payments worth €30m under GLAS and the Sheep Welfare Scheme.   The immediate payment of outstanding monies is one of a […]

Tighter Finished Cattle Supplies To Drive Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are moving in the right direction and feeders are expecting strong price increases over the coming weeks as supplies tighten and UK prices continue to increase.   This week, he said steers are making a base of €4.00/kg and €4.05/kg is being paid to get numbers. […]

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